Abstract

We have measured the polarization-dependent phase shift imparted to the radiation reflected by a two-dimensional photonic crystal within the band gap spectral region. We show that the relative phase between retroreflected basis polarizations can be large, reaching and exceeding a quarter of a wave in spectral regions of extremely high reflectivity for certain crystals. Using this property, we have directly experimentally demonstrated the operation of a reflective quarter-waveplate. All-dielectric, reflective waveplates could generate new applications involving polarization control.

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J. Appl. Phys. (3)

J. M. Hickmann, D. Solli, C. F. McCormick, R. Plambeck, R. Y. Chiao, "Microwave measurements of the photonic band gap in a two-dimensional photonic crystal slab," J. Appl. Phys. 92, 6918-6920 (2002).

S. Foteinopoulou, A. Rosenberg, M. M. Sigalas, C. M. Soukoulis, "In- and out-of-plane propagation of electromagnetic waves in low index contrast two dimensional photonic crystals," J. Appl. Phys. 89, 824-830 (2001).

D. R. Solli, C. F. McCormick, R. Y. Chiao, J. M. Hickmann, "Photonic crystal polarizers and polarizing beam splitters," J. Appl. Phys. 93, 9429-9431 (2003).

Nature (1)

E. Chow, S. Y. Lin, S. G. Johnson, P. R. Villeneuve, J. D. Joannopoulos, J. R. Wendt, G. A. Vawter, W. Zubrzycki, H. Hou, A. Alleman, "Three-dimensional control of light in a two-dimensional photonic crystal slab," Nature 407, 983-986 (2000).

Opt. Express (1)

Phys. Rev. (1)

J. S. Toll, "Causality and the dispersion relation: Logical foundations," Phys. Rev. 104, 1760-1770 (1956).

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

E. Yablonovitch, T. J. Gmitter, "Photonic band structure: The face-centered-cubic case," Phys. Rev. Lett. 63, 1950-1953 (1989).

Other (3)

H. M. Nussenzveig, Causality and Dispersion Relations (Academic, 1972).

AIP Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 1972) pp. 5-132.

R. Y. Chiao, A. M. Steinberg, Progress in Optics (Elsevier, 1997) pp. 347-406.

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