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  • Vol. 22, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 1997
  • pp: 1518–1520

Realization of a polarizer employing the combined effects of birefringence and diffraction

S. Q. Liu, Y. S. Chen, N. J. Wu, and A. Ignatiev  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 22, Issue 19, pp. 1518-1520 (1997)

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A polarizer that uses the combined effects of birefringence and diffraction has been realized experimentally. A sheet of calcite was taken as the substrate, and a series of grooves with a sawtooth profile was manufactured on its surface by optical grinding and polishing. The sample polarizer shows good polarizing performance in test. The measured extinction ratio is better than 2 × 10-4 and can be improved further.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

S. Q. Liu, Y. S. Chen, N. J. Wu, and A. Ignatiev, "Realization of a polarizer employing the combined effects of birefringence and diffraction," Opt. Lett. 22, 1518-1520 (1997)

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