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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2006
  • pp: 2687–2689

Demonstration of a single-layer meanderline phase retarder at infrared

Jeffrey S. Tharp, Jose M. Lopez-Alonso, James C. Ginn, Charles F. Middleton, Brian A. Lail, Ben A. Munk, and Glenn D. Boreman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 18, pp. 2687-2689 (2006)

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Meanderline wave plates are in common use at radio frequencies as polarization retarders. We present initial results of a gold meanderline structure on a silicon substrate that functions at a wavelength of 10.6 μ m in the IR. The measured results show a distinct change in the polarization state of the incident beam after passing through the device, inducing a 74° phase retardance between horizontal and vertical components. A high degree of polarization (88%) is maintained in the transmitted beam with an overall power transmittance of 38% and a beam profile that remains essentially unchanged.

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OCIS Codes
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: May 4, 2006
Revised Manuscript: June 30, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: July 3, 2006
Published: August 25, 2006

Jeffrey S. Tharp, Jose M. Lopez-Alonso, James C. Ginn, Charles F. Middleton, Brian A. Lail, Ben A. Munk, and Glenn D. Boreman, "Demonstration of a single-layer meanderline phase retarder at infrared," Opt. Lett. 31, 2687-2689 (2006)

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