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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2006
  • pp: 3864–3867

Polarization-Dependent Reflective Dispersion Relations of Photonic Crystals for Waveplate Mirror Construction

D. R. Solli, C. F. McCormick, and J. M. Hickmann

Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 24, Issue 10, pp. 3864-3867 (2006)

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We have measured the polarization-dependent phase shift imparted to the radiation reflected by a two-dimensional photonic crystal within the band gap spectral region. We show that the relative phase between retroreflected basis polarizations can be large, reaching and exceeding a quarter of a wave in spectral regions of extremely high reflectivity for certain crystals. Using this property, we have directly experimentally demonstrated the operation of a reflective quarter-waveplate. All-dielectric, reflective waveplates could generate new applications involving polarization control.

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D. R. Solli, C. F. McCormick, and J. M. Hickmann, "Polarization-Dependent Reflective Dispersion Relations of Photonic Crystals for Waveplate Mirror Construction," J. Lightwave Technol. 24, 3864-3867 (2006)

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