OPTICAL RETARDATION

Method for the measurement of retardation of wave plates based on laser frequency-splitting technology

[+] Author Affiliations
Yi Zhang, Shulian Zhang, Yanmei Han, Yan Li, Xiaonan Xu

Tsinghua University, The State Key Laboratory of Measurement Technology and Instruments, Department of Precision Instruments, Beijing, China E-mail: zy@post.pim.tsinghua.edu.cn

Opt. Eng. 40(6), 1071-1075 (Jun 01, 2001). doi:10.1117/1.1371287
History: Received Mar. 31, 2000; Revised Aug. 22, 2000; Accepted Dec. 27, 2000
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A method with high precision for measurement of optical retardation angles of wave plates is presented, based on laser birefringent longitudinal-mode-splitting technology. When a wave plate is placed in the laser cavity, a laser longitudinal mode will be split into two modes because of the birefringence of the wave plate. The optical retardation angle of the wave plate is proportional to the ratio of the frequency difference between the two modes to the laser longitudinal-mode interval. The retardation angle can be determined by measuring these two frequencies. The method uses a compact setup and attains high resolution and accuracy. The error is less than 8 arcmin. The paper discusses a crystal quarter-wave plate at 632.8-nm wavelength as an example, but the method is suited for other laser wavelengths and wave plates. © 2001 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.

© 2001 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers

Topics

Lasers ; Wave plates

Citation

Yi Zhang ; Shulian Zhang ; Yanmei Han ; Yan Li and Xiaonan Xu
"Method for the measurement of retardation of wave plates based on laser frequency-splitting technology", Opt. Eng. 40(6), 1071-1075 (Jun 01, 2001). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.1371287


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