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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2011
  • pp: 1332–1334

Achromatization of Wollaston polarizing beam splitters

Gerald Wong, Roger Pilkington, and Andrew R. Harvey  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 8, pp. 1332-1334 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.001332


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Abstract

We describe the achromatization of Wollaston prisms to reduce the angular dispersion in the splitting angle. Anal ytical theory and ray-tracing modeling is presented. In an example application, a sixfold reduction in dispersion is achieved for wavelengths in the region 400 nm to 1.7 μm . Experimental proof of concept is demonstrated, and in an example application, the spectral dispersion of extended images recorded through cascaded Wollaston prisms is shown to be reduced by an order of magnitude.

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OCIS Codes
(220.2740) Optical design and fabrication : Geometric optical design
(230.5480) Optical devices : Prisms
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(110.4234) Imaging systems : Multispectral and hyperspectral imaging
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

History
Original Manuscript: February 1, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 11, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 14, 2011
Published: April 5, 2011

Citation
Gerald Wong, Roger Pilkington, and Andrew R. Harvey, "Achromatization of Wollaston polarizing beam splitters," Opt. Lett. 36, 1332-1334 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-8-1332


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