Abstract

Polarization conversion cube-corner retroreflectors rotate the major axis of the incident electric field by 90°. We show that polarization conversion cube-corner retroreflectors cannot be created with isotropic reflecting surfaces, but can be created by incorporating nonisotropic reflecting surfaces. Two types are considered—cube corners with surfaces having elliptical eigenstates and cube corners having subwavelength gratings. Implementations that use subwavelength surface relief phase gratings are investigated, and three examples are shown.

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