A technique for modelling the performance of birefringent wave plates

J P Lesso, A J Duncan, W Sibbett, M J Padgett

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-653
Number of pages9
JournalOptical and Quantum Electronics
Volume31
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1999

Keywords

  • achromatic
  • birefringent
  • wave plate

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