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Optimal achromatic wave retarders using two birefringent wave plates

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Vilas Prieto, José Luis and Sánchez Brea, Luis Miguel and Bernabeu Martínez, Eusebio (2013) Optimal achromatic wave retarders using two birefringent wave plates. Applied Optics, 52 (9). pp. 1892-1896. ISSN 1559-128X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.52.001892


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Abstract

Two plates of different birefringence material can be combined to obtain an achromatic wave retarder. In this work, we achieve a correction for the overall retardation of the system that extends the relation to any azimuth. Current techniques for the design of achromatic wave retarders do not present a parameter that characterizes its achromatism on a range of wavelengths. Thus, an achromatic degree has been introduced, in order to determine the optimal achromatic design composed with retarder plates for a spectrum of incident light. In particular, we have optimized a quarter retarder using two wave plates for the visible spectrum. Our technique has been compared to previous results, showing significant improvement.


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© 2013 Optical Society of America.
This work was supported by the project “Photonic Transceiver for Secure Communications Space” of the European Space Agency with Tecnológica Ingeniería, Calidad y Ensayos, and by project DPI2011-27851 of the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion of Spain.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Linear Retarders, Quartz
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Optics
ID Code:26076
Deposited On:16 Jul 2014 11:44
Last Modified:16 Jul 2014 11:44

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