Quasi-Wollaston-Prism for Terahertz Frequencies Fabricated by 3D Printing

  • A. I. Hernandez-Serrano
  • E. Castro-Camus


In this letter, we present the design, fabrication, and characterization of a quasi-Wollaston prism for terahertz frequencies based on form birefringence. The prism uses the birefringence induced in a sub-wavelength layered plastic-air structure that produces refraction in different directions for different polarizations. The component was simulated using the finite-difference-time-domain method, fabricated by 3D printing and subsequently tested by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy showing a polarization separation around of 23° for frequencies below 400 GHz, exhibiting cross polarization power extinction ratios better than 1.6 × 10−3 at 200 GHz.


Wollaston prism Form birefringence Effective medium theory 



The authors would like to acknowledge the financial support from the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (grant numbers 255114 and 252939). A. I. Hernandez-Serrano would like to acknowledge a scholarship from the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (354621).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro de Investigaciones en Optica A.C.GuanajuatoMexico

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