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Precision polarimetry of optical components (Invited Paper)
Author(s): Russell A. Chipman
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Paper Abstract

Polarization elements at present are inadequately characterized for many applications. For retarders, usually only the retardance is specified. For polarizers, usually only the two principal transmittances or the extinction ratio are given. For polarization elements used in critical applications, this level of characterization is woefully inadequate. Defects of polarization elements are described, and appropriate performance measures suggested. Examples of the characterization of polarization elements as a function of angle of incidence, and as a function of wavelength are provided.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 1992
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1720, Intl Symp on Optical Fabrication, Testing, and Surface Evaluation, (20 October 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.132140
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Russell A. Chipman, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1720:
Intl Symp on Optical Fabrication, Testing, and Surface Evaluation

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