Optical and Quantum Electronics

, Volume 31, Issue 8, pp 645–653

A technique for modelling the performance of birefringent wave plates

  • J. Paul Lesso
  • Alan J. Duncan
  • Wilson Sibbett
  • Miles J. Padgett
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1006979920296

Cite this article as:
Lesso, J.P., Duncan, A.J., Sibbett, W. et al. Optical and Quantum Electronics (1999) 31: 645. doi:10.1023/A:1006979920296
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Abstract

By considering the phase delay introduced by a birefringent wave plate to each frequency component of a finite bandwidth light source we establish the polarisation state of the transmitted light. Realisable designs of achromatic, zero-order and high-order quarter wave and half wave plates are analysed for use with a variety of light sources with different bandwidths.

Achromatic birefringent wave plate 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Paul Lesso
    • 1
  • Alan J. Duncan
    • 1
  • Wilson Sibbett
    • 1
  • Miles J. Padgett
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomySt. Andrews UniversityNorth Haugh, FifeUK

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