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Reducing symmetric polarization aberrations in a molded glass lens by annealing
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Paper Abstract

Mueller matrix imaging polarimetry was used to study stress in a series of a high numerical aperture molded glass lenses. An interesting radially symmetric retardance was found which resembled the polarization aberration induced by coatings. Upon investigation the source of the polarization aberration is traced to a remarkably symmetric radial stress birefringence in the glass believed to arise during fire-polishing of the surfaces. While annealing the lenses relieves much of the stress birefringence, reducing the retardance of the lenses by a factor of five, the lenses remained unusable for critical polarization applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5888, Polarization Science and Remote Sensing II, 588809 (10 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.618198
Show Author Affiliations
Russell A. Chipman, Optical Sciences Ctr./Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Justin Wolfe, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5888:
Polarization Science and Remote Sensing II
Joseph A. Shaw; J. Scott Tyo, Editor(s)

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