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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 28 — Oct. 1, 2013
  • pp: 7040–7048

Polarization holography for vortex retarders recording

Pierre Piron, Pascal Blain, Serge Habraken, and Dimitri Mawet  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 28, pp. 7040-7048 (2013)

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We present an original static recording method for vortex retarders (VRs) made from liquid crystal polymers (LCPs) using the superimposition of several polarized beams. VRs are birefringent plates characterized by a rotation of their fast axis about their center. The new method is based on polarization holography and photo-orientable LCP. Combining several polarized beams induces the polarization patterns required for the recording process of VRs without mechanical action. A mathematical description of the method, the outcomes of the numerical simulations, and the first experimental results are presented.

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OCIS Codes
(090.0090) Holography : Holography
(090.2880) Holography : Holographic interferometry
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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Original Manuscript: July 9, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 8, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 10, 2013
Published: October 1, 2013

Pierre Piron, Pascal Blain, Serge Habraken, and Dimitri Mawet, "Polarization holography for vortex retarders recording," Appl. Opt. 52, 7040-7048 (2013)

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