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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 7 — Mar. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1512–1516

Broadband thin-film polarizers for high-power laser systems

Jinlong Zhang, Yujiang Xie, Xinbin Cheng, Tao Ding, and Zhanshan Wang  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 7, pp. 1512-1516 (2013)

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We propose to construct broadband thin-film polarizers (TFPs) by combining the polarizing regions of long-wave pass and short-wave pass stacks. The polarization bandwidth can be broader than traditional TFPs by roughly a factor of 2. We designed and fabricated two HfO2/SiO2 Brewster’s angle TFPs with a high contrast ratio in the spectral range of 1064±25nm. The laser-induced damage was investigated and illustrates that the two designs possess quite different laser damage properties due to the different electric field distributions. Nevertheless, broadband TFPs with high laser-induced damage threshold can be achieved with proper coating design.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3330) Lasers and laser optics : Laser damage
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties
(310.5448) Thin films : Polarization, other optical properties

ToC Category:
Thin Films

Original Manuscript: December 5, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 30, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: January 30, 2013
Published: February 28, 2013

Jinlong Zhang, Yujiang Xie, Xinbin Cheng, Tao Ding, and Zhanshan Wang, "Broadband thin-film polarizers for high-power laser systems," Appl. Opt. 52, 1512-1516 (2013)

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