Abstract

A dielectric-slab polarizing beam splitter (PBS) is described that generates two parallel beams of orthogonal p and s linear polarizations in reflection and functions as a diattenuator in transmission. The plane-parallel slab, which is set at Brewster's angle, is uncoated on one side and has an s-polarization antireflection coating (s-ARC) on the other side. Analytical results are presented for a PBS that uses a high-index slab coated with a low-index single-layer s-ARC, which is particularly suited for the IR. A novel multistage photopolarimeter that uses two such PBSs in series is described as being capable of sequential and simultaneous measurement of all four Stokes parameters of light.

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1988 (1)

1984 (1)

1977 (1)

Azzam, R. M. A.

R. M. A. Azzam, "Binary polarization modulator: a simple device for switching light polarization between orthogonal states," Opt. Lett. 13, 701-703 (1988).

R. M. A. Azzam, "Division-of-wavefront polarizing beam splitter and half-shade device using dielectric thin film on dielectric substrate," Appl. Opt. 23, 1296-1298 (1984).

R. M. A. Azzam, "Recent developments of division-of-amplitude photopolarimeters," in Polarization Analysis and Applications to Device Technology, T.Yoshizawa and H.Yokota, eds., Proc. SPIE 2873, pp. 1-4 (1996).

R. M. A. Azzam and N. M. Bashara, Ellipsometry and Polarized Light (North-Holland, 1987), Chap. 2.

Bashara, N. M.

R. M. A. Azzam and N. M. Bashara, Ellipsometry and Polarized Light (North-Holland, 1987), Chap. 2.

Bennett, H. E.

H. E. Bennett and J. M. Bennett, "Polarization," in Handbook of Optics, W.G.Driscoll and W.Vaughan, eds. (McGraw-Hill, 1978), Chap. 10.

Bennett, J. M.

H. E. Bennett and J. M. Bennett, "Polarization," in Handbook of Optics, W.G.Driscoll and W.Vaughan, eds. (McGraw-Hill, 1978), Chap. 10.

Braunstein, M.

Dobrowolski, J. A.

J. A. Dobrowolski, "Optical properties of films and coatings," in Handbook of Optics, M.Bass, E.W.Van Stryland, D.R.Williams, and W.L.Wolfe, eds. (McGraw-Hill, 1995), Chap. 42.

Palik, E.

E. Palik, Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids (Academic, 1985), p. 459.

E. Palik, Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids (Academic, 1985), pp. 566-567.

Pedinoff, M. E.

Stafsudd, O. M.

Tuma, J. J.

J. J. Tuma, Engineering Mathematics Handbook, 3rd ed. (McGraw-Hill, 1987).

Appl. Opt. (2)

Opt. Lett. (1)

Other (8)

H. E. Bennett and J. M. Bennett, "Polarization," in Handbook of Optics, W.G.Driscoll and W.Vaughan, eds. (McGraw-Hill, 1978), Chap. 10.

J. A. Dobrowolski, "Optical properties of films and coatings," in Handbook of Optics, M.Bass, E.W.Van Stryland, D.R.Williams, and W.L.Wolfe, eds. (McGraw-Hill, 1995), Chap. 42.

R. M. A. Azzam, "Recent developments of division-of-amplitude photopolarimeters," in Polarization Analysis and Applications to Device Technology, T.Yoshizawa and H.Yokota, eds., Proc. SPIE 2873, pp. 1-4 (1996).

J. J. Tuma, Engineering Mathematics Handbook, 3rd ed. (McGraw-Hill, 1987).

E. Palik, Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids (Academic, 1985), pp. 566-567.

E. Palik, Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids (Academic, 1985), p. 459.

II-VI Inc., Saxonburg, PA 16056.

R. M. A. Azzam and N. M. Bashara, Ellipsometry and Polarized Light (North-Holland, 1987), Chap. 2.

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