Abstract

A simple method for phase modulating unpolarized light with a double pass through a nematic liquid crystal retarder is described.

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  1. G. D. Love, J. V. Major, “The application of Edser–Butler fringes to the measurement of the optical structure of liquid crystal prisms and the determination of dispersion characteristics and thickness,” J. Phys. D 24, 1708–1713 (1991).
    [CrossRef]
  2. D. Bonaccini, G. Brusa, S. Esposito, P. Salinari, P. Stefanini, “Adaptive optics wavefront corrector using addressable liquid crystal retarders II,” in Active and Adaptive Optical Components, M. A. Ealey, ed., Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.1543, 133–143 (1991).
  3. R. Bhandari, “Evolution of light beams in polarization and direction,” Physica B 175, 111–122 (1991).
    [CrossRef]
  4. Merck Chemicals (formerly BDH Ltd.), Poole, Dorset, UK.
  5. S. Pancharatnam, “Achromatic combinations of birefringent plates. Part II. An achromatic quarter wave plate,” Proc. Ind. Acad. Sci. 41, 137–144 (1955).
  6. A. P. Doel, C. N. Dunlop, J. V. Major, R. M. Myers, R. M. Sharpies, “MARTINI: System operation and astronomical performance,” in Active and Adaptive Optical Systems, M. A. Ealey, ed., Proc Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.1542, 319–327 (1991), and references therein.
  7. F. Merkle, “Adaptive optics,” in International Trends in Optics, J. W. Goodman, ed. (Academic, San Diego, Calif., 1991), p. 389.

1991

G. D. Love, J. V. Major, “The application of Edser–Butler fringes to the measurement of the optical structure of liquid crystal prisms and the determination of dispersion characteristics and thickness,” J. Phys. D 24, 1708–1713 (1991).
[CrossRef]

R. Bhandari, “Evolution of light beams in polarization and direction,” Physica B 175, 111–122 (1991).
[CrossRef]

1955

S. Pancharatnam, “Achromatic combinations of birefringent plates. Part II. An achromatic quarter wave plate,” Proc. Ind. Acad. Sci. 41, 137–144 (1955).

Bhandari, R.

R. Bhandari, “Evolution of light beams in polarization and direction,” Physica B 175, 111–122 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Bonaccini, D.

D. Bonaccini, G. Brusa, S. Esposito, P. Salinari, P. Stefanini, “Adaptive optics wavefront corrector using addressable liquid crystal retarders II,” in Active and Adaptive Optical Components, M. A. Ealey, ed., Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.1543, 133–143 (1991).

Brusa, G.

D. Bonaccini, G. Brusa, S. Esposito, P. Salinari, P. Stefanini, “Adaptive optics wavefront corrector using addressable liquid crystal retarders II,” in Active and Adaptive Optical Components, M. A. Ealey, ed., Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.1543, 133–143 (1991).

Doel, A. P.

A. P. Doel, C. N. Dunlop, J. V. Major, R. M. Myers, R. M. Sharpies, “MARTINI: System operation and astronomical performance,” in Active and Adaptive Optical Systems, M. A. Ealey, ed., Proc Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.1542, 319–327 (1991), and references therein.

Dunlop, C. N.

A. P. Doel, C. N. Dunlop, J. V. Major, R. M. Myers, R. M. Sharpies, “MARTINI: System operation and astronomical performance,” in Active and Adaptive Optical Systems, M. A. Ealey, ed., Proc Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.1542, 319–327 (1991), and references therein.

Esposito, S.

D. Bonaccini, G. Brusa, S. Esposito, P. Salinari, P. Stefanini, “Adaptive optics wavefront corrector using addressable liquid crystal retarders II,” in Active and Adaptive Optical Components, M. A. Ealey, ed., Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.1543, 133–143 (1991).

Love, G. D.

G. D. Love, J. V. Major, “The application of Edser–Butler fringes to the measurement of the optical structure of liquid crystal prisms and the determination of dispersion characteristics and thickness,” J. Phys. D 24, 1708–1713 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Major, J. V.

G. D. Love, J. V. Major, “The application of Edser–Butler fringes to the measurement of the optical structure of liquid crystal prisms and the determination of dispersion characteristics and thickness,” J. Phys. D 24, 1708–1713 (1991).
[CrossRef]

A. P. Doel, C. N. Dunlop, J. V. Major, R. M. Myers, R. M. Sharpies, “MARTINI: System operation and astronomical performance,” in Active and Adaptive Optical Systems, M. A. Ealey, ed., Proc Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.1542, 319–327 (1991), and references therein.

Merkle, F.

F. Merkle, “Adaptive optics,” in International Trends in Optics, J. W. Goodman, ed. (Academic, San Diego, Calif., 1991), p. 389.

Myers, R. M.

A. P. Doel, C. N. Dunlop, J. V. Major, R. M. Myers, R. M. Sharpies, “MARTINI: System operation and astronomical performance,” in Active and Adaptive Optical Systems, M. A. Ealey, ed., Proc Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.1542, 319–327 (1991), and references therein.

Pancharatnam, S.

S. Pancharatnam, “Achromatic combinations of birefringent plates. Part II. An achromatic quarter wave plate,” Proc. Ind. Acad. Sci. 41, 137–144 (1955).

Salinari, P.

D. Bonaccini, G. Brusa, S. Esposito, P. Salinari, P. Stefanini, “Adaptive optics wavefront corrector using addressable liquid crystal retarders II,” in Active and Adaptive Optical Components, M. A. Ealey, ed., Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.1543, 133–143 (1991).

Sharpies, R. M.

A. P. Doel, C. N. Dunlop, J. V. Major, R. M. Myers, R. M. Sharpies, “MARTINI: System operation and astronomical performance,” in Active and Adaptive Optical Systems, M. A. Ealey, ed., Proc Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.1542, 319–327 (1991), and references therein.

Stefanini, P.

D. Bonaccini, G. Brusa, S. Esposito, P. Salinari, P. Stefanini, “Adaptive optics wavefront corrector using addressable liquid crystal retarders II,” in Active and Adaptive Optical Components, M. A. Ealey, ed., Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.1543, 133–143 (1991).

J. Phys. D

G. D. Love, J. V. Major, “The application of Edser–Butler fringes to the measurement of the optical structure of liquid crystal prisms and the determination of dispersion characteristics and thickness,” J. Phys. D 24, 1708–1713 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Physica B

R. Bhandari, “Evolution of light beams in polarization and direction,” Physica B 175, 111–122 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Proc. Ind. Acad. Sci.

S. Pancharatnam, “Achromatic combinations of birefringent plates. Part II. An achromatic quarter wave plate,” Proc. Ind. Acad. Sci. 41, 137–144 (1955).

Other

A. P. Doel, C. N. Dunlop, J. V. Major, R. M. Myers, R. M. Sharpies, “MARTINI: System operation and astronomical performance,” in Active and Adaptive Optical Systems, M. A. Ealey, ed., Proc Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.1542, 319–327 (1991), and references therein.

F. Merkle, “Adaptive optics,” in International Trends in Optics, J. W. Goodman, ed. (Academic, San Diego, Calif., 1991), p. 389.

Merck Chemicals (formerly BDH Ltd.), Poole, Dorset, UK.

D. Bonaccini, G. Brusa, S. Esposito, P. Salinari, P. Stefanini, “Adaptive optics wavefront corrector using addressable liquid crystal retarders II,” in Active and Adaptive Optical Components, M. A. Ealey, ed., Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.1543, 133–143 (1991).

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Fig. 1

Optical apparatus used to modulate unpolarized light. The diagram shows the evolution of the state of polarization of an initially V-LP beam. LH-CP and RH-CP refer to left-handed and right-handed circular polarization. H-LP refers to horizontally polarized light. The initially V-LP light experiences the LC ne index and is then rotated through 90° by the QWP–mirror–QWP combination. On its second pass through the LC it experiences the no index.

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