OSA's Digital Library

Journal of the Optical Society of America

Journal of the Optical Society of America

  • Vol. 41, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1951
  • pp: 966–968

A Monochromatic Depolarizer

BRUCE H. BILLINGS  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 41, Issue 12, pp. 966-968 (1951)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.41.000966


View Full Text Article

Acrobat PDF (1285 KB)





Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


   


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools

Share
Citations

Abstract

Up to the present time no image-forming depolarizing filter has been described which will work for monochromatic light. This paper describes a simple monochromatic depolarizer. This depolarizer consists of two variable wave plates whose axes are separated by an angle of 45°. The retardation of the first wave plate varies from zero to 2π. The second wave plate varies from zero to 4π. This variation is made to occur in a time which is short compared to the time constant of the apparatus in which the depolarizer is used. Typical components are Z cut plates of ammonium-dihydrogen-phosphate. The retardation of these plates can be made to vary by applying an electric field along the optic axis.

A discussion is also given of the Lyot depolarizer which is effective for light which covers a wide wavelength range. Tolerances are derived for the behavior of the Lyot depolarizer and experimental measurements are shown of its behavior.

Citation
BRUCE H. BILLINGS, "A Monochromatic Depolarizer," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 41, 966-968 (1951)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-41-12-966

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Log in to access OSA Member Subscription

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Log in to access OSA Member Subscription

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited