Using the phenomena of linear and circular birefringence, we propose a device that can alter general elliptical polarization of a beam by a predetermined amount, thereby allowing conversion between linearly polarized light and circularly polarized light or changes to the handedness of the polarization. Based on an analogy with two-state adiabatic following of quantum optics, the proposed device is insensitive to the frequency of the light—it serves as an achromatic polarization retarder.
© 2011 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 3, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 3, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 17, 2011
Published: July 14, 2011
Andon A. Rangelov, "Achromatic polarization retarder realized with slowly varying linear and circular birefringence," Opt. Lett. 36, 2716-2718 (2011)