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Two-wave coupled-wave theory of the polarizing properties of volume phase gratings
Author(s): Hans Dieter Tholl
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Paper Abstract

The subject matter of this report is the analysis of the dependence of the diffraction efficiency of volume phase gratings on the state of polarization of the read-out wave. I revise the derivation of the two-wave coupled-wave theory starting from Maxwell's equations. The new formulation of the theory differs from the well-known results of Kogelnik's theory mainly in three aspects: (1) The new theory incorporates the effect of form birefringence caused by the layered structure of the refractive index profile. (2) The dephasing parameter which describes the dephasing between the read-out wave and the signal wave has a definite parity. Consequently, the new theory is invariant under the reciprocity transformation of optics. (3) The grating strength for the p-polarization depends not only on the read-out geometry but on the profile of the refractive index as well.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1991
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1555, Computer and Optically Generated Holographic Optics; 4th in a Series, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.50625
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Hans Dieter Tholl, Technical Univ. of Aachen (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1555:
Computer and Optically Generated Holographic Optics; 4th in a Series
Ivan Cindrich; Sing H. Lee, Editor(s)

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