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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2001
  • pp: 421–425

Tilted bilayer membranes as simple transmission quarter-wave retardation plates

R. M. A. Azzam and Fadi A. Mahmoud  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 18, Issue 2, pp. 421-425 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.18.000421


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Abstract

A tilted bilayer membrane, which consists of two thin films of transparent optically isotropic materials of different refractive indices, can function as a transmission quarter-wave retarder (QWR) at a high angle of incidence. A specific design using a cryolite-Si membrane in the infrared is presented, and its tolerances to small shifts of wavelength, incidence angle, and film thickness errors are discussed. Some designs provide a dual QWR in transmission and reflection. Such devices provide simple linear-to-circular (and circular-to-linear) polarization transformers. Bilayer eighth-wave retarders without diattenuation are also introduced.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2130) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(240.0310) Optics at surfaces : Thin films
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

History
Original Manuscript: June 5, 2000
Revised Manuscript: August 22, 2000
Manuscript Accepted: August 22, 2000
Published: February 1, 2001

Citation
R. M. A. Azzam and Fadi A. Mahmoud, "Tilted bilayer membranes as simple transmission quarter-wave retardation plates," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 421-425 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-18-2-421


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