Optimal achromatic wave retarders using two birefringent wave plates

dc.contributor.authorVilas Prieto, José Luis
dc.contributor.authorSánchez Brea, Luis Miguel
dc.contributor.authorBernabeu Martínez, Eusebio
dc.description© 2013 Optical Society of America. This work was supported by the project “Photonic Transceiver for Secure Communications Space” of the European Space Agency with Tecnológica Ingeniería, Calidad y Ensayos, and by project DPI2011-27851 of the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion of Spain.
dc.description.abstractTwo plates of different birefringence material can be combined to obtain an achromatic wave retarder. In this work, we achieve a correction for the overall retardation of the system that extends the relation to any azimuth. Current techniques for the design of achromatic wave retarders do not present a parameter that characterizes its achromatism on a range of wavelengths. Thus, an achromatic degree has been introduced, in order to determine the optimal achromatic design composed with retarder plates for a spectrum of incident light. In particular, we have optimized a quarter retarder using two wave plates for the visible spectrum. Our technique has been compared to previous results, showing significant improvement.
dc.description.departmentDepto. de Óptica
dc.description.facultyFac. de Ciencias Físicas
dc.description.sponsorshipAgencia Espacial Europea (ESA)
dc.description.sponsorshipTecnológica Ingenieria Calidad y Ensayos (España)
dc.description.sponsorshipMinisterio de Ciencia e Innovación (MICINN), España
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dc.journal.titleApplied Optics
dc.publisherThe Optical Society Of America
dc.relation.projectIDPhotonic Transceiver for Secure Communications Space
dc.rights.accessRightsopen access
dc.subject.keywordLinear Retarders
dc.subject.ucmÓptica (Física)
dc.subject.unesco2209.19 Óptica Física
dc.titleOptimal achromatic wave retarders using two birefringent wave plates
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