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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 32 — Nov. 10, 2001
  • pp: 5898–5905

Design of a binary grating with subwavelength features that acts as a polarizing beam splitter

Lara Pajewski, Riccardo Borghi, Giuseppe Schettini, Fabrizio Frezza, and Massimo Santarsiero  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 32, pp. 5898-5905 (2001)

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A binary diffractive optical element, acting as a polarizing beam splitter, is proposed and analyzed. It behaves like a transmissive blazed grating, working on the first or the second diffraction order, depending on the polarization state of the incident radiation. The grating-phase profile required for both polarization states is obtained by means of suitably sized subwavelength groups etched in an isotropic dielectric medium. A rigorous electromagnetic analysis of the grating is presented, and numerical results concerning its performances in terms of diffraction efficiency as well as frequency and angular bandwidths are provided.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

Original Manuscript: August 11, 2000
Revised Manuscript: March 26, 2001
Published: November 10, 2001

Lara Pajewski, Riccardo Borghi, Giuseppe Schettini, Fabrizio Frezza, and Massimo Santarsiero, "Design of a binary grating with subwavelength features that acts as a polarizing beam splitter," Appl. Opt. 40, 5898-5905 (2001)

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