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New type of polarizer using a combination effect of birefringence and diffraction
Author(s): Yansong Chen; Shangqing Liu; Naijuan Wu; Alex Ignatiev
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Paper Abstract

A polarizer which works upon the combination effect of birefringence and diffraction has been designed and realized experimentally. According to the design the polarizer may be consisting of a sheet of birefringent material or two birefringence plates, on which surface one dimensional grooves with a sawtooth profile or echelon profile are carved. In experiment, a periodic grooves of a sawtooth profile were fabricated on the surface of calcite plate by mechanical and optical manufacture techniques. This sample polarizer was test for its polarized feature with a non-polarized HeNe laser, and the results show the polarizer is of a good polarized performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 October 1998
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 3429, Current Developments in Optical Design and Engineering VII, (29 October 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.328549
Show Author Affiliations
Yansong Chen, Institute of Physics (China)
Shangqing Liu, Institute of Physics (China)
Naijuan Wu, Univ. of Houston (United States)
Alex Ignatiev, Univ. of Houston (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3429:
Current Developments in Optical Design and Engineering VII
Alson E. Hatheway; Robert E. Fischer; Malachy McConnell; Lawrence M. Germann; Lawrence M. Germann; Alson E. Hatheway; Malachy McConnell; Warren J. Smith, Editor(s)

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