Abstract

We report the experimental demonstration of an optical quarter-wave plate having a retardation of 90°±° in the region from 4000 to 8000 Å. The device is based on the synthesis procedure of Harris, Ammann, and Chang and consists of six sapphire wave plates with appropriately oriented principal axes. The device does not suffer from thermal or angular problems as do longer, narrow-band birefringent networks. Results comparing a 10-plate unit with the above 6-plate unit are given.

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  1. S. E. Harris, E. O. Ammann, and I. C. Chang, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 54, 1267 (1964).
  2. E. O. Ammann and I. C. Chang, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 835 (1965).
  3. E. O. Ammann, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 56, 943 (1966).
  4. E. O. Ammann, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 56, 952 (1966).
  5. E. O. Ammann, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 56, 1081 (1966).
  6. E. O. Ammann and J. M. Yarborough, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 57, 349 (1967).
  7. C. D. West and A. S. Makas, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 39, 791 (1949).
  8. M. G. Destriau and J. Prouteau, J. Phys. Radium 10, 53 (1949).
  9. S. Pancharatnam, Proc. Indian Acad. Sci. A41, 130 (1955).
  10. S. Pancharatnam, Proc. Indian Acad. Sci. A41, 137 (1955).
  11. See, for example, M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics (Pergamon Press, Inc., New York, 1964), p. 51.
  12. Experimental results for networks of this type are reported by J. M. Yarborough and E. O. Ammann, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 58, 776 (1968).
  13. R. C. Jones, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 31, 488 (1941).
  14. E. O. Ammann, private communication.

Ammann, E. O.

E. O. Ammann, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 56, 952 (1966).

S. E. Harris, E. O. Ammann, and I. C. Chang, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 54, 1267 (1964).

Experimental results for networks of this type are reported by J. M. Yarborough and E. O. Ammann, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 58, 776 (1968).

E. O. Ammann, private communication.

E. O. Ammann and J. M. Yarborough, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 57, 349 (1967).

E. O. Ammann and I. C. Chang, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 835 (1965).

E. O. Ammann, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 56, 943 (1966).

E. O. Ammann, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 56, 1081 (1966).

Born, M.

See, for example, M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics (Pergamon Press, Inc., New York, 1964), p. 51.

Chang, I. C.

S. E. Harris, E. O. Ammann, and I. C. Chang, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 54, 1267 (1964).

E. O. Ammann and I. C. Chang, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 835 (1965).

Destriau, M. G.

M. G. Destriau and J. Prouteau, J. Phys. Radium 10, 53 (1949).

Harris, S. E.

S. E. Harris, E. O. Ammann, and I. C. Chang, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 54, 1267 (1964).

Jones, R. C.

R. C. Jones, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 31, 488 (1941).

Makas, A. S.

C. D. West and A. S. Makas, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 39, 791 (1949).

Pancharatnam, S.

S. Pancharatnam, Proc. Indian Acad. Sci. A41, 130 (1955).

S. Pancharatnam, Proc. Indian Acad. Sci. A41, 137 (1955).

Prouteau, J.

M. G. Destriau and J. Prouteau, J. Phys. Radium 10, 53 (1949).

West, C. D.

C. D. West and A. S. Makas, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 39, 791 (1949).

Wolf, E.

See, for example, M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics (Pergamon Press, Inc., New York, 1964), p. 51.

Yarborough, J. M.

Experimental results for networks of this type are reported by J. M. Yarborough and E. O. Ammann, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 58, 776 (1968).

E. O. Ammann and J. M. Yarborough, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 57, 349 (1967).

Other

S. E. Harris, E. O. Ammann, and I. C. Chang, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 54, 1267 (1964).

E. O. Ammann and I. C. Chang, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 835 (1965).

E. O. Ammann, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 56, 943 (1966).

E. O. Ammann, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 56, 952 (1966).

E. O. Ammann, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 56, 1081 (1966).

E. O. Ammann and J. M. Yarborough, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 57, 349 (1967).

C. D. West and A. S. Makas, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 39, 791 (1949).

M. G. Destriau and J. Prouteau, J. Phys. Radium 10, 53 (1949).

S. Pancharatnam, Proc. Indian Acad. Sci. A41, 130 (1955).

S. Pancharatnam, Proc. Indian Acad. Sci. A41, 137 (1955).

See, for example, M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics (Pergamon Press, Inc., New York, 1964), p. 51.

Experimental results for networks of this type are reported by J. M. Yarborough and E. O. Ammann, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 58, 776 (1968).

R. C. Jones, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 31, 488 (1941).

E. O. Ammann, private communication.

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