Abstract

Part I of this series reported a procedure for synthesizing birefringent networks having a prescribed amplitude transmittance. The desired transmittance C(ω) was written as C(ω) = C0 + C1eiαω + C2ei2aω + ⋯ + Cneinaω, where the Ci could be arbitrarily chosen as long as each was real. The synthesis procedure of this paper is a generalization of the procedure of Part I and allows for the realization of C(ω) having complex Ci. The resulting network consists of n stages between an input and output polarizer, with each stage containing a birefringent crystal and (achromatic) optical compensator. The form of this network is essentially the same as the practical form of the network obtained from Part I, and hence the additional versatility is obtained at no extra cost in network complexity.

© 1966 Optical Society of America

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