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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2014
  • pp: 2794–2797

Achromatic prism-type wave plate for broadband terahertz pulses

Yoichi Kawada, Takashi Yasuda, Atsushi Nakanishi, Koichiro Akiyama, Kento Hakamata, and Hironori Takahashi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 9, pp. 2794-2797 (2014)

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We demonstrated achromatic half- and quarter-wave plates for broadband terahertz pulses using phase retardation by internal total reflection. Prism-type wave plates realized ultra-broadband retardation stability up to 2.5 THz, which was the limitation of our experimental setup. Novel aspects of our work were use of a 3λ/4 plate as a quarter-wave plate and a multistacked prism-type (MSP) wave plate for a large-aperture THz beam. Real-time polarization imaging of two crossed bunches of hairs was performed to show the efficiency of the MSP wave plate. We clearly observed polarization dependence of the hair direction.

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OCIS Codes
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.3090) Physical optics : Infrared, far
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(300.6495) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, teraherz
(110.6795) Imaging systems : Terahertz imaging

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Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: February 26, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 7, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 7, 2014
Published: April 30, 2014

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Yoichi Kawada, Takashi Yasuda, Atsushi Nakanishi, Koichiro Akiyama, Kento Hakamata, and Hironori Takahashi, "Achromatic prism-type wave plate for broadband terahertz pulses," Opt. Lett. 39, 2794-2797 (2014)

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