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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 21 — Oct. 13, 2008
  • pp: 16334–16342

Low-cost fabrication of form-birefringent quarter-wave plates

Birgit Päivänranta, Nicolas Passilly, Juha Pietarinen, Pasi Laakkonen, Markku Kuittinen, and Jani Tervo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 21, pp. 16334-16342 (2008)

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An extensive study of the single-step replication of form-birefringent quarter-wave plates is presented. Using rigorous diffraction theory, the fabrication parameters and tolerances are carefully studied in order to obtain ideal conditions for successful replication. The design considerations are then applied to fabricate a master element by electron-beam lithography, and to replicate quarter-wave plates using the UV-moulding process. The measurements show that the replicas behave as high-performance quarter-wave plates for the design wavelength.

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OCIS Codes
(230.1950) Optical devices : Diffraction gratings
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: July 7, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 3, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 4, 2008
Published: September 29, 2008

Birgit Päivänranta, Nicolas Passilly, Juha Pietarinen, Pasi Laakkonen, Markku Kuittinen, and Jani Tervo, "Low-cost fabrication of form-birefringent quarter-wave plates," Opt. Express 16, 16334-16342 (2008)

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