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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2014
  • pp: 952–956

Highly efficient broadband polarization retarders and tunable polarization filters made of composite stacks of ordinary wave plates

E. St. Dimova, S. S. Ivanov, G. St. Popkirov, and N. V. Vitanov  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 31, Issue 5, pp. 952-956 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.31.000952


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Abstract

By using the formal analogy between the evolution of the state vector in quantum mechanics and the Jones vector in polarization optics, we construct and demonstrate experimentally efficient broadband half-wave polarization retarders and tunable narrowband polarization filters. Both the broadband retarders and the filters are constructed by the same set of stacked standard multiorder optical wave plates (WPs) rotated at different angles with respect to their fast polarization axes: for a certain set of angles this device behaves as a broadband polarization retarder, while for another set of angles it turns into a narrowband polarization filter. We demonstrate that the transmission profile of our filter can be centered around any desired wavelength in a certain vicinity of the design wavelength of the WPs solely by selecting appropriate rotation angles.

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OCIS Codes
(220.4610) Optical design and fabrication : Optical fabrication
(220.4830) Optical design and fabrication : Systems design
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(230.7408) Optical devices : Wavelength filtering devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: December 13, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 28, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 6, 2014
Published: April 8, 2014

Citation
E. St. Dimova, S. S. Ivanov, G. St. Popkirov, and N. V. Vitanov, "Highly efficient broadband polarization retarders and tunable polarization filters made of composite stacks of ordinary wave plates," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 31, 952-956 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-31-5-952

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