Evaluation of Mueller matrix of achromatic axially symmetric wave plate

Toshitaka Wakayama, Kazuki Komaki, Israel J. Vaughn, J. Scott Tyo, Yukitoshi Otani, Toru Yoshizawa

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Axially symmetric polarized beams have attracted great interest recently in the field of optics. There have been several viable proposals concerning axially symmetric polarizers, also referred to as radial polarizers. In contrast, proposals for axially symmetric wave plates have strong dependence on wavelength. Moreover, the structure of the axially symmetric wave plates inherently introduces spatial dispersion. As a solution to these problems, we propose an achromatic axially symmetric wave plate based on internal Fresnel reflection that does not introduce spatial dispersion. It is possible to generate the achromatic axially symmetric polarized beam. In this paper, we show the principle of the achromatic axially symmetric wave plate and the evaluation results of the optical element using a Mueller matrix polarimeter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolarization Science and Remote Sensing VI
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9780819497239
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventPolarization Science and Remote Sensing VI -
Duration: 25 Aug 201329 Oct 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferencePolarization Science and Remote Sensing VI
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  • Axially symmetrical polarized beam
  • Fresnel reflection

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