Abstract

A new type of thin-film polarizing beam splitter (PBS) is proposed that is based on the effects of light interference and frustrated total internal reflection. This PBS has a significantly better performance than conventional thin-film PBS’s. It is nonabsorbing, broadband, and wide angle and has high extinction ratios in both the transmitted and the reflected beams. The principles and theory of this PBS are described in detail. Several PBS’s designed for the visible and the infrared spectral regions are described. The measured results for a prototype visible PBS of this type are presented as well.

© 2000 Optical Society of America

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