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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 2013
  • pp: 1852–1856

Properties of an adjustable quarter-wave system under conditions of multiple beam interference

Evelina A. Bibikova and Nataliya D. Kundikova  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 9, pp. 1852-1856 (2013)

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We investigate the polarimetric properties of an adjustable two plate quarter-wave system. We take into account multiple beam interference within single wave plates. Different adjustments of an adjustable two plate quarter-wave system are required for the production of the left-handed and the right-handed circular polarized coherent light. We investigate experimentally laser light polarization conversion by the systems consisting of two birefringent mica plates. An adjustable two plate quarter-wave system produces high-quality circularly polarized coherent light with the intensity-related ellipticity better than 0.99 at any wavelength.

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OCIS Codes
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: December 18, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 13, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 14, 2013
Published: March 13, 2013

Evelina A. Bibikova and Nataliya D. Kundikova, "Properties of an adjustable quarter-wave system under conditions of multiple beam interference," Appl. Opt. 52, 1852-1856 (2013)

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