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.
© 2013 Optical Society of America
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)