Abstract

This work demonstrates the feasibility of applying a symmetrical film stack on a silver mirror, resulting in broadband phase retardation. While functioning as a reflective-type achromatic waveplate, the symmetrical film stack comprises at least one anisotropic thin film. Additionally, selecting the birefringence and thickness of the thin film allows for the design of uniform phase retardation in both the passband and stopband. A symmetrical film stack that is composed of an anisotropic Ta2O5 thin film and isotropic Ta2O5 thin film is investigated for its achromatic performance in phase retardation.

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Y. J. Jen, M. J. Lin, C. W. Yu, C. F. Lin, and S. K. Yu, J. Nanophoton. 6, 061501 (2012).
[CrossRef]

C. F. Lin and Y. J. Jen, J. Nanophoton. 6, 061507 (2012).
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Y. J. Jen, M. J. Lin, C. W. Yu, C. F. Lin, and S. K. Yu, J. Nanophoton. 6, 061501 (2012).
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Y. J. Jen, A. Lakhtakia, C. W. Yu, C. F. Lin, M. J. Lin, S. H. Wang, and J. R. Lai, Nat. Commun. 2, 363 (2011).
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[CrossRef]

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M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics, 6th ed.(Cambridge University, 2002).

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Y. J. Jen, M. J. Lin, C. W. Yu, C. F. Lin, and S. K. Yu, J. Nanophoton. 6, 061501 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Y. J. Jen, A. Lakhtakia, C. W. Yu, C. F. Lin, M. J. Lin, S. H. Wang, and J. R. Lai, Nat. Commun. 2, 363 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Yu, S. K.

Y. J. Jen, M. J. Lin, C. W. Yu, C. F. Lin, and S. K. Yu, J. Nanophoton. 6, 061501 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt. (1)

J. Nanophoton. (2)

Y. J. Jen, M. J. Lin, C. W. Yu, C. F. Lin, and S. K. Yu, J. Nanophoton. 6, 061501 (2012).
[CrossRef]

C. F. Lin and Y. J. Jen, J. Nanophoton. 6, 061507 (2012).
[CrossRef]

J. Sci. Instrum. (1)

R. J. King, J. Sci. Instrum. 43, 617 (1966).
[CrossRef]

Nat. Commun. (1)

Y. J. Jen, A. Lakhtakia, C. W. Yu, C. F. Lin, M. J. Lin, S. H. Wang, and J. R. Lai, Nat. Commun. 2, 363 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Nat. Photonics (1)

N. W. Roberts, T. H. Chiou, N. J. Marshall, and T. W. Cronin, Nat. Photonics 3, 641 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

Y. J. Jen and C. L. Chiang, Opt. Commun. 265, 446 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Other (4)

Optical Thin-Film Software: The Essential Macleod (Thin Film Center Inc., Version 8.18.0), http://www.thinfilmcenter.com/essential.html .

H. A. Macleod, Thin-Film Optical Filters, 2nd ed. (Adam Hilger, 1986).

M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics, 6th ed.(Cambridge University, 2002).

A. Lakhtakia and R. Messier, Sculptured Thin Films: Nanoengineered Morphology and Optics (SPIE, 2005).

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic diagram of m cells that are symmetrical, multilayered, and composed of anisotropic layers A and B. The orthogonal p-polarization and s-polarization are orientated at an angle of 45° with respect to the system x and y axes.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Reflective achromatic phase retardation φ at deposition angles from 70° to 80° along with the number of cells that allow the variation of phase retardation to become minimal.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Spectra of phase retardation for different cell numbers at the deposition angle θv of 76°.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Polarization conversion reflectance Rsp in a wavelength ranging from 450 to 700 nm at an angle of incidence ranging from 0° to 90°.

Equations (3)

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nx=0.0000488693θv30.0115663209θv2+0.8832540639θv20.251138064,
ny=0.0006087524θv30.1366501191θv2+10.1828341233θv250.4357612447.
N(λ)=0.0000000204λ3+0.0000331287λ20.0182696239λ+4.5102969419.

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