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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 13 — May. 1, 2002
  • pp: 2470–2480

Design of a broadband UV-visible α-barium borate polarizer

Roland Appel, Chris D. Dyer, and John N. Lockwood  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 13, pp. 2470-2480 (2002)

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Until recently, the construction of polarizers for operation below ∼260 nm were limited to materials such as magnesium fluoride and crystalline quartz. These materials have a much smaller birefringence than calcite, but unlike calcite they have good transmission below 200 nm. These materials are, however, not well suited for Glan-Taylor-type polarizer designs, as they do not produce a large angular separation of the polarized components. A new material, α-barium borate, has recently become available, which transmits to just below 200 nm and has a birefringence that approaches that of calcite. We analyze the performance of various polarizer designs that use this material. Results are presented that compare theory with experimental investigation of a manufactured device.

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OCIS Codes
(230.1360) Optical devices : Beam splitters
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(230.5480) Optical devices : Prisms
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(260.7190) Physical optics : Ultraviolet

Original Manuscript: August 27, 2001
Revised Manuscript: December 14, 2001
Published: May 1, 2002

Roland Appel, Chris D. Dyer, and John N. Lockwood, "Design of a broadband UV-visible α-barium borate polarizer," Appl. Opt. 41, 2470-2480 (2002)

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