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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 22 — Aug. 1, 2007
  • pp: 5129–5136

Wave-plate retarders based on overhead transparencies

Igor Savukov and Dmitry Budker  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 22, pp. 5129-5136 (2007)

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We describe procedures for constructing inexpensive wave plates of desired retardation out of ordinary commercially available transparencies. Various relevant properties of the transparencies are investigated: the dependence of retardation on rotation of the film, tilt, wavelength, position, and temperature. A transparency is typically a multiple-order wave plate with the difference of in-plane refractive indices of 0.07 and a temperature dependence of retardation 0.02 rad / K . Constructing wave plates out of combinations of transparency sheets is also explored.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2130) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(120.5710) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Refraction
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: March 8, 2007
Revised Manuscript: April 23, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: April 25, 2007
Published: July 9, 2007

Igor Savukov and Dmitry Budker, "Wave-plate retarders based on overhead transparencies," Appl. Opt. 46, 5129-5136 (2007)

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