The theory, fabrication, and performance of an adjustable thin-film wave plate are reported. For a particular angle of deposition, the retardance of the fabricated wave plate is simply related to the angle of tilt with respect to the incoming light. An application of the variable wave plate is its use in research on the development of achromatic retarders.
© 2001 Optical Society of America
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(310.1620) Thin films : Interference coatings
Ian Hodgkinson and Qi hong Wu, "Thin-film angle-tuned retarders: theory and fabrication," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 975-979 (2001)