Abstract

A second technique for the synthesis of birefringent networks having arbitrarily prescribed spectral transmittance is presented. The network consists of an input polarizer followed by n cascaded stages. Each stage contains (in general) a birefringent crystal, an optical compensator, and a polarizer. The quantities determined for each stage by the synthesis procedure are the angle to which the crystal is rotated, the amount of delay to be introduced by the optical compensator, and the angle of the polarizer. A desired function consisting of (n+1) terms of an exponential series can be realized by an n-stage network and, in certain cases, by a network containing fewer than n stages. The synthesis procedures of Part I and Part II are compared, and their relative merits discussed. Finally, two examples are given using the procedure of Part II.

© 1965 Optical Society of America

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