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24 September 2012 Dielectrically embedded mesh half wave plate beam impact studies
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An alternative solution to classic birefringent Half Wave Plates (HWP), based on the photolithographic techniques, has been recently developed. This new device can offer a very good alternative as a polarisation modulator for future CMB polarisation instruments. However, the systematic effects that this HWP will introduce in the overall instrument need to be investigated. We present a preliminary study of the impact of this dielectrically embedded HWP on the beam shape of a corrugated horn and its performance across the beam. Using a W-band Vector Network Analyser, we measured the co- and crosspolarisation beams of the HWP-horn system and the differential phase-shift introduced by the HWP across the beam.
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B. Maffei, G. Pisano, M. W. Ng, and V. C. Haynes "Dielectrically embedded mesh half wave plate beam impact studies", Proc. SPIE 8452, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 84520K (24 September 2012);

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