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  • Vol. 58, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 1968
  • pp: 776–783

Experiments on Single-Pass and Double-Pass Birefringent Networks

J. M. YARBOROUGH and E. O. AMMANN  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 58, Issue 6, pp. 776-783 (1968)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.58.000776


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Abstract

Procedures have recently been given by Harris et al. and by Ammann for synthesizing single-pass and double-pass birefringent networks having arbitrary transmittance-vs-frequency characteristics. This paper describes the results of experiments which were performed on these two types of optical networks. A three-stage network was tested in the single-pass experiments, while three-, five-, and seven-stage networks were used in the double-pass experiments. Each stage of these networks consisted of a calcite crystal 2 cm in length followed by a quartz compensator. The transmittance characteristics of the networks were obtained by measuring network transmittance (at a fixed optical frequency) as a function of network temperature. Since the phase difference between fast- and slow-axis light components passing through a calcite crystal has the same functional dependence upon temperature as upon optical frequency, the transmittance-vs-temperature characteristic of a birefringent network will be the same as the transmittance-vs-frequency characteristic. This gives a very convenient, high-resolution method of measuring the transmittance of birefringent networks. The measured transmittances are shown together with values predicted by theory. The excellent agreement obtained serves both as a verification of the synthesis procedures and as a demonstration of the utility of the measurement technique.

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J. M. YARBOROUGH and E. O. AMMANN, "Experiments on Single-Pass and Double-Pass Birefringent Networks," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 58, 776-783 (1968)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-58-6-776

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