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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 31 — Nov. 1, 2012
  • pp: 7466–7474

Variable ultrabroadband and narrowband composite polarization retarders

Thorsten Peters, Svetoslav S. Ivanov, Daniel Englisch, Andon A. Rangelov, Nikolay V. Vitanov, and Thomas Halfmann  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 31, pp. 7466-7474 (2012)

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We propose and experimentally demonstrate novel types of composite sequences of half-wave and quarter-wave polarization retarders, permitting operation at either ultrabroad spectral bandwidth or narrow bandwidth. The retarders are composed of stacked standard half-wave retarders and quarter-wave retarders of equal thickness. To our knowledge, these home-built devices outperform all commercially available compound retarders, made of several birefringent materials.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.2130) Physical optics : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: August 16, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 17, 2012
Published: October 22, 2012

Thorsten Peters, Svetoslav S. Ivanov, Daniel Englisch, Andon A. Rangelov, Nikolay V. Vitanov, and Thomas Halfmann, "Variable ultrabroadband and narrowband composite polarization retarders," Appl. Opt. 51, 7466-7474 (2012)

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