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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2002
  • pp: 2152–2154

Broadband polarization-converting mirror for the visible region of the spectrum

I. R. Hooper and J. R. Sambles  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 24, pp. 2152-2154 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.27.002152


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Abstract

A mirror structure that enables the polarization of linearly polarized light to be rotated by 90° over the entire visible region of the spectrum is presented. Theoretical modeling is used to show that this phenomenon occurs for light that is normally incident upon a metal grating consisting of a series of high and narrow ridges that are oriented at 45° to the polarization angle. This broad polarization-conversion band is shown to arise from mode mixing of surface plasmon polariton-mediated polarization-conversion bands and interference-mediated polarization-conversion bands.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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I. R. Hooper and J. R. Sambles, "Broadband polarization-converting mirror for the visible region of the spectrum," Opt. Lett. 27, 2152-2154 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-27-24-2152

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