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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2008
  • pp: 467–469

Modulation of the polarization state of light using a weak anisotropic thin film

Yi-Jun Jen, Ching-Wei Yu, Chia-Feng Lin, Yi-Hong Liao, and Cheng-Yu Peng  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 5, pp. 467-469 (2008)

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The polarization state of light is modulated by an anisotropic thin film. An anisotropic MgF 2 film is deposited onto a plate that is put in contact with a BK7 prism to form a BK7 prism/film/air configuration. It is shown that the polarization state of reflected light can be easily modulated from a linear state to a circular state by rotating the thin-film plate.

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OCIS Codes
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: December 20, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 11, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 23, 2008
Published: February 25, 2008

Yi-Jun Jen, Ching-Wei Yu, Chia-Feng Lin, Yi-Hong Liao, and Cheng-Yu Peng, "Modulation of the polarization state of light using a weak anisotropic thin film," Opt. Lett. 33, 467-469 (2008)

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