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  • Vol. 42, Iss. 22 — Aug. 1, 2003
  • pp: 4505–4513

Wavelength-tunable spectral filters based on the optical rotatory dispersion effect

Chun Ye  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 42, Issue 22, pp. 4505-4513 (2003)

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An optical arrangement for constructing wavelength-tunable spectral filters is presented that makes use of a set of dispersive polarization rotations to select wavelengths. A filter in the arrangement is initially mechanically tunable, requires no achromatic retarder, and can be further electrically tunable, switchable, or both, depending on the elements selected. Test measurements and results are presented and described. Modified arrangements with additional retarder(s) or liquid-crystal polarization rotator(s) are suggested and discussed.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.2440) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Filters
(230.2240) Optical devices : Faraday effect
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(350.2460) Other areas of optics : Filters, interference

Original Manuscript: January 3, 2003
Revised Manuscript: May 2, 2003
Published: August 1, 2003

Chun Ye, "Wavelength-tunable spectral filters based on the optical rotatory dispersion effect," Appl. Opt. 42, 4505-4513 (2003)

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