Abstract

The polarization properties of solid-state cube-corner retroreflectors, which are uncoated glass or metal-coated glass on the reflecting surfaces, are examined analytically and compared. Experimental verifications are presented for the case of linearly polarized incident light. When the uncoated cube-corner is used in a heterodyne interferometer, the polarization properties reveal that the axial orientation of the corner reflector has an effect on the strength of the beat signal and the nonlinearity error. A theoretical analysis of the effect is presented together with experimental results.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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