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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 18 — Aug. 29, 2011
  • pp: 17151–17157

Creating circularly polarized light with a phase-shifting mirror

Bastian Aurand, Stephan Kuschel, Christian Rödel, Martin Heyer, Frank Wunderlich, Oliver Jäckel, Malte C. Kaluza, Gerhard G. Paulus, and Thomas Kühl  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 18, pp. 17151-17157 (2011)

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We report on the performance of a system employing a multi-layer coated mirror creating circularly polarized light in a fully reflective setup. With one specially designed mirror we are able to create laser pulses with an ellipticity of more than ε = 98% over the entire spectral bandwidth from initially linearly polarized Titanium:Sapphire femtosecond laser pulses. We tested the homogeneity of the polarization with beam sizes of the order of approximately 10 cm. The damage threshold was determined to be nearly 400 times higher than for a transmissive quartz-wave plate which suggests applications in high intensity laser experiments. Another advantage of the reflective scheme is the absence of nonlinear effects changing the spectrum or the pulse-form and the scalability of coating fabrication to large aperture mirrors.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5060) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase modulation
(230.4040) Optical devices : Mirrors
(230.4170) Optical devices : Multilayers
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: June 17, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 25, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 29, 2011
Published: August 17, 2011

Bastian Aurand, Stephan Kuschel, Christian Rödel, Martin Heyer, Frank Wunderlich, Oliver Jäckel, Malte C. Kaluza, Gerhard G. Paulus, and Thomas Kühl, "Creating circularly polarized light with a phase-shifting mirror," Opt. Express 19, 17151-17157 (2011)

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