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Optical design of wide field of view achromatic phase retarders
Author(s): Apostolos Deslis
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Paper Abstract

The ability of commercial optical design software to ray trace through uni-axial birefrigent materials at any Field Of View (FOV) plus the capability of the optimization routines to select exact birefrigent materials that achromatize compound wave-plates make the software useful for the design of wide FOV multi-element achromatic retarders and analysis of their performance. In this paper I will describe some of the properties that govern retarders made of uni-axial birefrigent materiais, discuss some tips for building the merit function and show results of the various half wave-plate types designed and their performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 August 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5874, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering VI, 58740Q (26 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.617063
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Apostolos Deslis, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5874:
Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering VI
Pantazis Z. Mouroulis; Warren J. Smith; R. Barry Johnson, Editor(s)

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