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  • Vol. 6, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 1967
  • pp: 1773–1776

A Practical Design of a Simple Retardance Meter

Albert S. Makas  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 6, Issue 10, pp. 1773-1776 (1967)

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A working design of a simple retardance meter is indicated. The device permits direct, quick, and accurate measurement of the retardance, for example, of an oriented polymeric film which is intended for use as a phase changer plate in the production of elliptically polarized light. The method involves the direct compensation of the sample’s retardance using the calibrated retardance of a mica crystal which is variably tilted about one of its two principal planar axes. Several suggestions relating to the optical design, assembly, and calibration of the device are included.

© 1967 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: June 5, 1967
Published: October 1, 1967

Albert S. Makas, "A Practical Design of a Simple Retardance Meter," Appl. Opt. 6, 1773-1776 (1967)

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  1. W. A. Shurcliff, Polarized Light (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1962), Chapter 7.
  2. E. E. Wahlstrom, Optical Crystallography (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 1960), 3rd ed., p. 195.

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