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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 11 — Jun. 3, 2013
  • pp: 13162–13168

A unit structure Rochon prism based on the extraordinary refraction of uniaxial birefringent crystals

Wendi Wu, Fuquan Wu, Meng Shi, Fufang Su, Peigao Han, and Lili Ma  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 11, pp. 13162-13168 (2013)

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Based on the Fermat's principle, the universal theory of refraction and reflection of extraordinary rays (e-rays) in the uniaxial crystal is formulated. Using this theory, a new unit structure prism is designed, and its properties are studied. Based on the theoretical results, such a prism is achieved experimentally by using the Iceland crystal. In both theoretical and experimental studies, this new prism shows excellent polarization splitting performances such as big and adjustable splitting angle, comparing to the conventional Rochon prism. For the sample prism with the optical axis angle of 45°, the splitting angle reaches 19.8°in the normal incidence, and the maximum splitting angle reaches 28.44° while the incidence angle is −4°.

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OCIS Codes
(230.1360) Optical devices : Beam splitters
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: February 28, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 3, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 7, 2013
Published: May 22, 2013

Wendi Wu, Fuquan Wu, Meng Shi, Fufang Su, Peigao Han, and Lili Ma, "A unit structure Rochon prism based on the extraordinary refraction of uniaxial birefringent crystals," Opt. Express 21, 13162-13168 (2013)

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