Abstract

It is shown that a three-mirror device with ideal mirror reflectivities may be used in place of a halfwave plate to rotate the plane of polarization of a plane polarized beam by any angle with no loss of polarization purity. For coated mirrors, with more general reflectivities, specifications are set on the allowed reflectivity ratio and phase shift difference for the s and p components in order that polarization purity be preserved to a specified amount.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article
OSA Recommended Articles
All-reflective, highly accurate polarization rotator for high-power short-pulse laser systems

S. Keppler, M. Hornung, R. Bödefeld, M. Kahle, J. Hein, and M. C. Kaluza
Opt. Express 20(18) 20742-20747 (2012)

Broadband polarization rotator for the infrared

L. H. Johnston
Appl. Opt. 16(4) 1082-1084 (1977)

Achromatic 90° Polarization Rotating Prisms

W. A. Challener
Appl. Opt. 35(34) 6845-6846 (1996)

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (6)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (9)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Metrics

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription