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Design, fabrication, and characterization of form-birefringent multilayer polarizing beam splitter

Tyan, Rong-Chung and Salvekar, Atul A. and Chou, Hou-Pu and Cheng, Chuan-Cheng and Scherer, Axel and Sun, Pang-Chen and Xu, Fang and Fainman, Yeshayahu (1997) Design, fabrication, and characterization of form-birefringent multilayer polarizing beam splitter. Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 14 (7). pp. 1627-1636. ISSN 0740-3232. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:TYAjosaa97

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Abstract

Polarizing beam splitters that use the anisotropic spectral reflectivity (ASR) characteristic of high-spatial-frequency multilayer binary gratings have been designed, fabricated, and characterized. Using the ASR effect with rigorous coupled-wave analysis, we design an optical element that is transparent for TM polarization and reflective for TE polarization at an arbitrary incidence angle and operational wavelength. The experiments with the fabricated element demonstrate a high efficiency (97), with polarization extinction ratios higher than 220:1 at a wavelength of 1.523 m over a 20 angular bandwidth by means of the ASR characteristics of the device. These ASR devices combine many useful characteristics, such as compactness, low insertion loss, high efficiency, and broad angular and spectral bandwidth operations.


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Additional Information:© Copyright 1997 Optical Society of America Received September 13, 1996; accepted November 21, 1996 The authors thank Paul Shames for helpful discussions and preparation of the manuscript. The research conducted at the University of California, San Diego is supported in part by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Rome Laboratory. The Research conducted at Caltech is supported by the National Science Foundation.
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