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  • Vol. 71, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 1981
  • pp: 309–314

Nonpolarizing edge filters

Alfred Thelen  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 71, Issue 3, pp. 309-314 (1981)

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Multiple half-wave filters can be detuned to provide a nonpolarizing edge at a specific angle of incidence. For the case of quarter-wave layers, an analytic expression for the necessary amount of detuning can be derived. For nonquarter-wave layers, a more empirical design approach is used. The resulting two-material producible designs improve current limitations in wavelength-division multiplex transmission over multimode optical fibers.

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Alfred Thelen, "Nonpolarizing edge filters," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 71, 309-314 (1981)

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