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Hybrid optical retarders fabricated from liquid crystal polymer and form birefringent thin films
Author(s): Paul A. McKenzie; Karen Hendrix; David Shemo; Kim Tan
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Paper Abstract

JDSU has developed a new family of optical retarders based on liquid crystal polymer (LCP) and form birefringent dielectric thin film technologies. The manufacturing processes are wafer-based, allowing components up to 200mm diameter to be produced. The component designs allow customization over a wide range of retardance values with excellent accuracy, uniformity and low transmitted wavefront distortion. Form birefringent components are integrated monolithically with an LCP-based retarder to create flat retardance response of ±2nm over an incident cone angle of ±30degrees. This paper will present an overview of the technology, measured performance attributes and provide examples of product applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 March 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6972, Polarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing VIII, 697206 (31 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.783122
Show Author Affiliations
Paul A. McKenzie, JDSU Advanced Optical Technologies (United States)
Karen Hendrix, JDSU Advanced Optical Technologies (United States)
David Shemo, JDSU Advanced Optical Technologies (United States)
Kim Tan, JDSU Advanced Optical Technologies (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6972:
Polarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing VIII
David B. Chenault; Dennis H. Goldstein, Editor(s)

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