1 June 1995 Polarization errors associated with birefringent waveplates
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Optical Engineering, 34(6), (1995). doi:10.1117/12.202079
Abstract
Although zero-order quartz waveplates are widely used in instrumentation that needs good temperature and field-of-view characteristics, the residual errors associated with these devices can be very important in high-resolution polarimetry measurements. How the field-of-view characteristics are affected by retardation errors and the misalignment of optic axes in a double-crystal waveplate is discussed. The retardation measurements made on zero-order quartz and single-order "achromatic" waveplates and how the misalignment errors affect those measurements are discussed.
Edward A. West, Matthew H. Smith, "Polarization errors associated with birefringent waveplates," Optical Engineering 34(6), (1 June 1995). http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.202079
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Wave plates

Quartz

Polarization

Crystals

Geometrical optics

Polarimetry

Polarizers

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