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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2007
  • pp: 3255–3260

Embedded centrosymmetric multilayer stacks as complete-transmission quarter-wave and half-wave retarders under conditions of frustrated total internal reflection

S. R. Perla and R. M.A. Azzam  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 24, Issue 10, pp. 3255-3260 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.24.003255


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Abstract

A centrosymmetric multilayer stack of two transparent materials, which is embedded in a high-index prism, can function as a complete-transmission quarter-wave or half-wave retarder (QWR or HWR) under conditions of frustrated total internal reflection. The multilayer consists of a high-index center layer sandwiched between two identical low-index films with high-index–low-index bilayers repeated on both sides of the central trilayer, maintaining the symmetry of the entire stack and constituting a QWR ( Δ t = 90 ° or 270°) or HWR ( Δ t = 180 ° ) in transmission. A QWR design at wavelength λ = 1.55 μ m is presented that employs an 11-layer stack of Si and Si O 2 thin films, which is embedded in a GaP cube prism. The intensity transmittances for the p and s polarizations remain > 99 % and Δ t deviates from 90° by < ± 3 ° over a 100 nm spectral bandwidth ( 1.5 λ 1.6 μ m ) , and by ± 7 ° over an internal field view of ± 1 ° (incidence angle 44 ° ϕ 0 46 ° inside the prism). An HWR design at λ = 1.55 μ m employs seven layers of Si and Si O 2 thin films embedded in a Si cube, has an average transmittance > 93 % , and Δ t that differs from 180° by < ± 0.3 ° over a 100 nm bandwidth ( 1.5 λ 1.6 μ m ) and by < ± 17 ° over an internal field view of ± 1 ° . The sensitivity of these devices to film-thickness errors is also considered.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2130) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: January 19, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 28, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: July 9, 2007
Published: September 19, 2007

Citation
S. R. Perla and R. M. A. Azzam, "Embedded centrosymmetric multilayer stacks as complete-transmission quarter-wave and half-wave retarders under conditions of frustrated total internal reflection," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 24, 3255-3260 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-24-10-3255


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