Title

Analysis of throughput for multilayer infrared meanderline waveplates

Authors

Authors

S. L. Wadsworth;G. D. Boreman

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Opt. Express

Keywords

QUARTER-WAVE PLATE; PHASE RETARDER; LINE POLARIZER; REFLECTION; GRATINGS; LAYER; BAND; SUBSTRATE; Optics

Abstract

A meanderline wave retarder is a unique type of frequency-selective-surface (FSS) that enables a change in the state of optical polarization. The principles of operation are very similar to a typical crystalline waveplate, such that the artificially structured meanderline array has both 'slow' and 'fast' axes that provide a phase offset between two orthogonal wave components. In this paper, we study the behavior and response of multilayered meanderline quarter-wave retarders designed for operation at 10.6 mu m wavelength (28.28 THz). It will be shown that meanderline quarter-wave plates with more than a single layer exhibit improved transmission throughput at infrared frequencies due to impedance matching, similar to a multilayer optical film coating. Numerical data, both from simulations and measurements, are presented to validate this claim. (C) 2010 Optical Society of America

Journal Title

Optics Express

Volume

18

Issue/Number

13

Publication Date

1-1-2010

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

13345

Last Page

13360

WOS Identifier

WOS:000279009900005

ISSN

1094-4087

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