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Optical retardance standard: a progress report
Author(s): Kent B. Rochford; Allen H. Rose; Paul A. Williams; I. G. Clarke; Paul D. Hale; Gordon W. Day
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Paper Abstract

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is developing a quarterwave linear retarder for operation at 1.3 micrometers . It is expected to be stable to within +/- 0.1 degree(s) over practical ranges of wavelength, temperature, and incidence angle. A spectral range of at least 10 nm is desired to accommodate solid-state and diode laser sources and typical wavelength variation. Normal incidence operation with an angular tolerance of +/- 1 degree(s) allows alignment by retroreflection of a collimated input beam. Operation over a temperature range of 25 +/- 10 degree(s)C encompasses most laboratory conditions, and practical rates of temperature change must also be allowed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 1996
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 2873, International Symposium on Polarization Analysis and Applications to Device Technology, (16 August 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.246221
Show Author Affiliations
Kent B. Rochford, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Allen H. Rose, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Paul A. Williams, 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. 2873:
International Symposium on Polarization Analysis and Applications to Device Technology
Toru Yoshizawa; Hideshi Yokota, Editor(s)

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