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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 2013
  • pp: 1892–1896

Optimal achromatic wave retarders using two birefringent wave plates

Jose Luis Vilas, Luis Miguel Sanchez-Brea, and Eusebio Bernabeu  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 9, pp. 1892-1896 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.52.001892


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Abstract

Two plates of different birefringence material can be combined to obtain an achromatic wave retarder. In this work, we achieve a correction for the overall retardation of the system that extends the relation to any azimuth. Current techniques for the design of achromatic wave retarders do not present a parameter that characterizes its achromatism on a range of wavelengths. Thus, an achromatic degree has been introduced, in order to determine the optimal achromatic design composed with retarder plates for a spectrum of incident light. In particular, we have optimized a quarter retarder using two wave plates for the visible spectrum. Our technique has been compared to previous results, showing significant improvement.

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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

History
Original Manuscript: November 13, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 1, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 4, 2013
Published: March 14, 2013

Citation
Jose Luis Vilas, Luis Miguel Sanchez-Brea, and Eusebio Bernabeu, "Optimal achromatic wave retarders using two birefringent wave plates," Appl. Opt. 52, 1892-1896 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-52-9-1892

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