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Color mapping of polarized polychromatic beam passing through birefringent medium
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Paper Abstract

When a polarized polychromatic beam passes through birefringent medium, the constituent spectral components suffer different change of state of polarization. As a result when the beam passes through an analyzer, the color of the resultant beam changes depending on the orientation of the analyzer, state of polarization of the input beam, spectral intensity distribution of the source and the polarizing properties of the birefringent medium. In the present article the variation of trichromatic color coordinates of the resulting beam is observed both theoretically and experimentally with the variation of the azimuthal angle of the analyzer. A comparative study is carried out between a quarter-wave plate and an achromatic quarter-wave prism. This study is envisaged to be useful for the performance analysis of achromatic wave plates.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 December 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4441, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering II, (5 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.449559
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Biswajit Chakraborty, MECON India Ltd. (India)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4441:
Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering II
Iain A. Neil; Takanori Yamanashi; Robert E. Fischer; R. Barry Johnson; Warren J. Smith, Editor(s)

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