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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 25 — Dec. 3, 2012
  • pp: 27966–27973

Experimental realization of a high-contrast grating based broadband quarter-wave plate

Mehmet Mutlu, Ahmet E. Akosman, Gokhan Kurt, Mutlu Gokkavas, and Ekmel Ozbay  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 25, pp. 27966-27973 (2012)

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Fabrication and experimental characterization of a broadband quarter-wave plate, which is based on two-dimensional and binary silicon high-contrast gratings, are reported. The quarter-wave plate feature is achieved by the utilization of a regime, in which the proposed grating structure exhibits nearly total and approximately equal transmission of transverse electric and transverse magnetic waves with a phase difference of approximately π/2. The numerical and experimental results suggest a percent bandwidth of 42% and 33%, respectively, if the operation regime is defined as the range for which the conversion efficiency is higher than 0.9. A compact circular polarizer can be implemented by combining the grating with a linear polarizer.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(070.7345) Fourier optics and signal processing : Wave propagation

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: November 1, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 19, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 20, 2012
Published: November 30, 2012

Mehmet Mutlu, Ahmet E. Akosman, Gokhan Kurt, Mutlu Gokkavas, and Ekmel Ozbay, "Experimental realization of a high-contrast grating based broadband quarter-wave plate," Opt. Express 20, 27966-27973 (2012)

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