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Standard polarization components: progress toward an optical retardance standard
Author(s): Kent B. Rochford; Paul A. Williams; Allen H. Rose; I. G. Clarke; Paul D. Hale; Gordon W. Day
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Paper Abstract

NIST is developing a quarterwave linear retarder designed to have a retardance stable within 0.1 degree(s) over a variety of operational and environmental conditions. In this paper we review several design strategies and early results of this effort. These have led to a promising prototype design consisting of a double rhomb TIR retarder constructed from a low stress- optic glass. We also review several measurement methods that are used in our evaluations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 1994
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2265, Polarization Analysis and Measurement II, (14 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.186653
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Kent B. Rochford, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Paul A. Williams, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Allen H. Rose, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
I. G. Clarke, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Paul D. Hale, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Gordon W. Day, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2265:
Polarization Analysis and Measurement II
Dennis H. Goldstein; David B. Chenault, Editor(s)

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