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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 25 — Sep. 1, 2007
  • pp: 6340–6343

Achromatic polarization rotator

Nikolai I. Petrov  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 25, pp. 6340-6343 (2007)

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What we believe to be a new optical element consisting of a single piece isotropic material with three internally reflecting faces for polarization plane rotation by the angle ϕ = π / 2 is proposed. The principle of operation is based on the geometrical phase effect, which is different in its origin but produces a similar effect to the circular birefringence. It is shown that the rotator made of polymer as well as silica glasses is not affected by the chromatic dispersion in a visible range.

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OCIS Codes
(230.5480) Optical devices : Prisms
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(350.1370) Other areas of optics : Berry's phase
(350.4600) Other areas of optics : Optical engineering

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: November 28, 2006
Revised Manuscript: February 21, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: April 26, 2007
Published: August 27, 2007

Nikolai I. Petrov, "Achromatic polarization rotator," Appl. Opt. 46, 6340-6343 (2007)

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