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Subwavelength gratings optimized for broadband quarter-wave plates
Author(s): Hisao Kikuta; Yasushi Ohira; Koichi Iwata
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Paper Abstract

A broadband quarter-wave plate of subwavelength lamellar grating has been designed by an optimizing method using the effective medium theory and the rigorous couple wave analysis. The phase retardation can be maintained at 90 degree(s) by strong dispersion of the propagation constant in the periodic structure. Before optimizing the grating profile by the rigorous analysis, the profile is roughly estimated with the effective medium theory. After the rough estimation, the close profile is determined by the steepest descent method using the rigorous analysis. The optimized quarter wave plate keeps the retardation at 90 degree(s) with errors smaller than 1 degree(s) for the +/- 10% change in wavelength from the nominal wavelength. Also tolerances of fabrication errors are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 1996
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 2873, International Symposium on Polarization Analysis and Applications to Device Technology, (16 August 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.246224
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Hisao Kikuta, Osaka Prefecture Univ. (Japan)
Yasushi Ohira, Osaka Prefecture Univ. (Japan)
Koichi Iwata, Osaka Prefecture Univ. (Japan)

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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