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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 9 — Apr. 25, 2011
  • pp: 8557–8564

Design for the optical retardation in broadband zero-order half-wave plates

Jin Liu, Yi Cai, Hongyi Chen, Xuanke Zeng, Da Zou, and Shixiang Xu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 9, pp. 8557-8564 (2011)

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This paper presents a novel design for broadband zero-order half-wave plates to eliminate the first-order or up to second-order wavelength-dependent birefringent phase retardation (BPR) with 2 or 3 different birefringent materials. The residual BPRs of the plates increase monotonously with the wavelength deviation from a selected wavelength, so the plates are applicable to the broadband light pulses which gather most of the light energy around their central wavelengths. The model chooses the materials by the birefringent dispersion coefficient and evaluates the performances of the plates by the weighted average of the absolute value of residual BPR in order to emphasize the contributions of the incident spectral components whose possess higher energies.

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OCIS Codes
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.7080) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast devices

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Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: February 18, 2011
Revised Manuscript: April 1, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: April 15, 2011
Published: April 18, 2011

Jin Liu, Yi Cai, Hongyi Chen, Xuanke Zeng, Da Zou, and Shixiang Xu, "Design for the optical retardation in broadband zero-order half-wave plates," Opt. Express 19, 8557-8564 (2011)

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