Abstract

We propose and experimentally demonstrate novel types of composite sequences of half-wave and quarter-wave polarization retarders, permitting operation at either ultrabroad spectral bandwidth or narrow bandwidth. The retarders are composed of stacked standard half-wave retarders and quarter-wave retarders of equal thickness. To our knowledge, these home-built devices outperform all commercially available compound retarders, made of several birefringent materials.

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