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An achromatic polarization retarder realized with slowly varying linear and circular birefringence

By A. A. Rangelov


Using the phenomena of linear and circular birefringence we propose a device that can alter general elliptical polarization of a beam by a predetermined amount, thereby allowing conversion between linearly-polarized light and circularly polarized light or changes to the handedness of the polarization. Based on an analogy with two-state adiabatic following of quantum optics, the proposed device is insensitive to the frequency of the light -- it serves as an achromatic polarization retarder

Topics: Physics - Optics
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1364/OL.36.002716
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