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24 January 2019 Achromatic retarders in polarization optics
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Abstract
Retarders or waveplates are tools for polarization modification in bulk optical systems. These devices usually have a strong wavelength dependence in their performance, making them suitable for use over a wavelength band on the order of a few percent of the center wavelength for which they are made. Display and tunable laser applications are examples that can require consistent polarization modification over a much broader wavelength range. We discuss new methods and designs for dramatically increasing range of performance and review older methods as well. We show examples of achievable performance using modern polymer and liquid crystal materials.
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Michael Kraemer and Tom Baur "Achromatic retarders in polarization optics," Optical Engineering 58(8), 082406 (24 January 2019). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.58.8.082406
Received: 24 September 2018; Accepted: 26 December 2018; Published: 24 January 2019
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