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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 29 — Oct. 10, 2013
  • pp: 7078–7080

Optimal achromatic wave retarders using two birefringent wave plates: comment

Xusheng Zhang  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 29, pp. 7078-7080 (2013)

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In a recent publication, J. L. Vilas et al. [Appl. Opt. 52, 1892 (2013)] described a combined system comprising two wave plates and proposed an expression for the overall retardation. However, to the best of my knowledge, the proposed theoretical expression for the total retardation is incorrect. The authors improperly derived that expression by simply diagonalizating the Jones matrix of the cascaded system. The mistakes are pointed out and discussed in these comments.

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OCIS Codes
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(220.4830) Optical design and fabrication : Systems design
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: May 22, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 11, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 18, 2013
Published: October 2, 2013

Xusheng Zhang, "Optimal achromatic wave retarders using two birefringent wave plates: comment," Appl. Opt. 52, 7078-7080 (2013)

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