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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 13 — May. 1, 2001
  • pp: 2076–2080

Achromatic phase retarder by slanted illumination of a dielectric grating with period comparable with the wavelength

Nandor Bokor, Revital Shechter, Nir Davidson, Asher A. Friesem, and Erez Hasman  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 13, pp. 2076-2080 (2001)

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We discuss some properties of dielectric gratings with period comparable with the illuminating wavelength for slanted illumination (this illumination geometry is often referred to as concical mounting). We demonstrate the usefulness of such an illuminating geometry. We show that the threshold period (under which only the zeroth transmission and reflection orders are nonevanescent) can be significantly higher, thereby easing fabrication constraints, and that this illumination setup makes it possible to design achromatic phase retarders. Such a design, for an achromatic quarter-wave plate with λ/60 uniformity of the retardation phase in the 0.47–0.63-µm wavelength interval, is demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(050.0050) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction and gratings
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

Original Manuscript: June 12, 2000
Revised Manuscript: December 22, 2000
Published: May 1, 2001

Nandor Bokor, Revital Shechter, Nir Davidson, Asher A. Friesem, and Erez Hasman, "Achromatic phase retarder by slanted illumination of a dielectric grating with period comparable with the wavelength," Appl. Opt. 40, 2076-2080 (2001)

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