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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2008
  • pp: 5715–5721

Influence of surface roughness on the polarimetric characteristics of a wire-grid grating polarizer

Hojeong Ryu, Soon Joon Yoon, and Donghyun Kim  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 30, pp. 5715-5721 (2008)

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The influence of surface roughness on the polarimetric performance of a wire-grid polarizer (WGP) is numerically investigated using rigorous coupled-wave analysis over 100 random surface realizations. Surface roughness is modeled with a Gaussian surface, represented by two independent parameters: surface height deviation and correlation length of a profile. The results show that WGP performance can suffer from significant degradation as well as increased deviation with surface roughness, although the extent varies with specific parameters. The influence of roughness was also examined with respect to grating period as a WGP parameter and incident light properties, such as wavelength and angle.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(240.5770) Optics at surfaces : Roughness
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: July 1, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 1, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 15, 2008
Published: October 17, 2008

Hojeong Ryu, Soon Joon Yoon, and Donghyun Kim, "Influence of surface roughness on the polarimetric characteristics of a wire-grid grating polarizer," Appl. Opt. 47, 5715-5721 (2008)

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