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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 20 — Jul. 10, 2011
  • pp: 3703–3710

Square-wave retarder for polarization computer-generated holography

H. D. Noble, W. T. Lam, W. Dallas, R. A. Chipman, I. Matsubara, Y. Unno, S. C. McClain, P. Khulbe, D. Hansen, and T. D. Milster  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 20, pp. 3703-3710 (2011)

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An etched calcite square-wave retarder is designed, fabricated, and demonstrated as an illuminator for an interlaced polarization computer-generated hologram (PCGH). The calcite square-wave retarder enables alternating columns of orthogonal linear polarizations to illuminate the interlaced PCGH. Together, these components produce a speckled, tangentially polarized PCGH diffraction pattern with a measured ratio of polarization of 84% and a degree of linear polarization of 0.81. An experimental alignment tolerance analysis is also reported.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(090.1760) Holography : Computer holography
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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Original Manuscript: March 14, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 19, 2011
Published: July 8, 2011

H. D. Noble, W. T. Lam, W. Dallas, R. A. Chipman, I. Matsubara, Y. Unno, S. C. McClain, P. Khulbe, D. Hansen, and T. D. Milster, "Square-wave retarder for polarization computer-generated holography," Appl. Opt. 50, 3703-3710 (2011)

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