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Oblique incidence performance of achromatic retarders in polarization optics
Author(s): Michael Kraemer; Tom Baur
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Paper Abstract

Retarders or waveplates are tools for polarization modification in bulk optical systems. These devices usually have a strong wavelength dependence in their performance, making them suitable for use over a wavelength band on the order of a few percent of the center wavelength for which they are made. Display and tunable laser applications are examples that can require consistent polarization modification over a much broader wavelength range. We discuss new methods and designs for dramatically increasing range of performance over wavelength and angle of incidence and review older methods as well. We show examples of achievable performance using modern polymer and liquid crystal materials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 September 2019
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 11132, Polarization Science and Remote Sensing IX, 111320U (6 September 2019);
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Michael Kraemer, Meadowlark Optics, Inc. (United States)
Tom Baur, Meadowlark Optics, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11132:
Polarization Science and Remote Sensing IX
Julia M. Craven; Joseph A. Shaw; Frans Snik, Editor(s)

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