Abstract

We present a universal design and proof-of-concept of a tunable linear retarder of uniform wavelength response in a broad spectral range. It consists of two half-wave retarders (HWR) between two quarter-wave retarders (QWRs), where the uniform retardance can be tuned continuously by simply rotating one of the HWRs. A proof-of-concept of this design is built by using commercially available Fresnel rhomb retarders that provide retardation with almost wavelength uniformity in the visible and near infrared from 450 to 1550 nm. The design is universal, since other achromatic QWRs and HWRs could also be employed. The system is experimentally demonstrated to control the state of polarization of a supercontinuum laser.

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R. Desmarchelier, M. Lancry, M. Gecevicius, M. Beresna, P. G. Kazansky, and B. Poumellec, Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 181111 (2015).
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P. Hariharan and P. Ciddor, J. Mod. Opt. 51, 2315 (2004).
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A. Ardavan, New J. Phys. 9, 24 (2007).
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I. Abdulhalim, Opt. Commun. 282, 3052 (2009).
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B. Bakhouche, A. Beniaiche, and H. Guessas, Opt. Eng. 53, 055108 (2014).
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P. Hariharan, Opt. Eng. 35, 3335 (1996).
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W. Barbarow, Photon. Spectra 43, 54 (2009).

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1. (a) Linear retarder system of tunable retardance equal to 4(α1α2). (b) Experimental implementation with Fresnel rhombs.
Fig. 2.
Fig. 2. Spectral transmission of the polarization rotator built with FRs. α1=0° and various orientations α2 are considered. The polarizers are oriented at θ1=θ2=0°. (a)–(d) Simulated transmission considering the FR retardance dispersion and a flat input spectrum for the given α2. (e) Experimental transmission and simulation considering the spectrum of the light source.
Fig. 3.
Fig. 3. Spectral transmission of the linear retarder system in Fig. 1 built with FRs. (a) Simulated transmission considering the FR retardance dispersion and a flat input spectrum for the given α2 and polarizers oriented at θ1=0° and θ2=45°. (b)–(d) Experimental transmission and simulation considering the spectrum of the light source for the given α2 and polarizers oriented at θ1=0° and θ2=0°, 45°, and 90°.

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HWR(α2)·HWR(α1)=R(2(α1α2)),
R(α)=(cos(α)sin(α)sin(α)cos(α)).
M=QWR(0)·R(2(α1α2))·QWR(90°)=(cos(ϕ/2)isin(ϕ/2)isin(ϕ/2)cos(ϕ/2)),
M=R(45°)·(eiϕ/200e+iϕ/2)·R(+45°).