Low polarization, high numerical aperture microscope objectives ideal for polarization sensitive
applications are designed, fabricated, and measured. A microscope objective is designed to meet the application
requirements using Code V. Performance of typical AR coatings is examined and determined to be insufficient to
meet the polarization performance desired. Custom AR coatings are optimized using an in house polarization ray
tracing program to reduce the objectives diattenuation. The resulting microscope objectives perform about 5 times
better than our low polarization Nikon objectives.