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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1648–1650

Depolarization of quasi-monochromatic light by thin resonant gratings

Ismo Vartiainen, Jani Tervo, and Markku Kuittinen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 11, pp. 1648-1650 (2009)

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Using rigorous diffraction theory, we show that it is possible to depolarize quasi-monochromatic light using a fully deterministic, thin optical element. The principle is based on polarization-sensitive resonant gratings in total-internal-reflection configuration, and careful numerical design by the Fourier modal method. We present numerical examples for 0.1 nm and 10 nm bandwidths.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(050.5745) Diffraction and gratings : Resonance domain
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

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Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: February 18, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 24, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 24, 2009
Published: May 22, 2009

Ismo Vartiainen, Jani Tervo, and Markku Kuittinen, "Depolarization of quasi-monochromatic light by thin resonant gratings," Opt. Lett. 34, 1648-1650 (2009)

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