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Achromatic and apochromatic halfwave and quarterwave retarders

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Parameswaran Hariharan

CSIRO Division of Applied Physics PO Box 218 Lindfield, New South Wales 2070, Australia

Opt. Eng. 35(11), 3335-3337 (Nov 01, 1996). doi:10.1117/1.601074
History: Received Nov. 4, 1995; Revised May 21, 1996; Accepted May 22, 1996
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Abstract

Achromatic half‐wave and quarter‐wave retarders are commonly produced by combining two plates of different birefringent materials with properly chosen thicknesses. A theoretical analysis is presented leading to a systematic procedure for choosing a combination of materials that minimizes the residual variation of the retardation with wavelength. This analysis also shows how the residual variation of the retardation with wavelength can be almost completely eliminated with a combination of three birefringent materials. © 1996 Society of Photo−Optical Instrumentation Engineers.

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Wave plates

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Parameswaran Hariharan
"Achromatic and apochromatic halfwave and quarterwave retarders", Opt. Eng. 35(11), 3335-3337 (Nov 01, 1996). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.601074


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