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Polarization holography for vortex retarders recording: laboratory demonstration

Piron, Pierre and Blain, Pascal and Décultot, Marc and Mawet, Dimitri and Habraken, Serge (2015) Polarization holography for vortex retarders recording: laboratory demonstration. Applied Optics, 54 (15). pp. 4765-4770. ISSN 0003-6935. doi:10.1364/AO.54.004765.

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This paper will present a prototype of the first set of vortex retarders made of liquid crystal polymers recorded by polarization holography. Vortex retarders are birefringent plates characterized by a rotation of their fast axis. Liquid crystals possess birefringent properties and they are locally orientable. Their orientation is defined by the perpendicular to the local orientation of the recording field. Polarization holography is a purely optical recording method. It is based on the superimposition of coherent and differently polarized beams. It is used to shape the electric field pattern to enable the recording of vortex retarders. The paper details the mathematical model of the superimposition process. The recording setup is exposed; it is characterized by a nearly common path interferometer. Two sets of measurements allowing the prediction of the retarder’s features are presented and compared. Finally, the experimentally recorded retarder is shown, its characteristics are investigated and compared to the predicted ones.

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Additional Information:© 2015 Optical Society of America. Received 20 February 2015; revised 22 April 2015; accepted 22 April 2015; posted 23 April 2015 (Doc. ID 235018); published 15 May 2015. European Research Council (ERC) (337569); Fonds pour la formation à la Recherche dans l’Industrie et l’Agriculture (FRIA). The authors want to thank Dr. Gene Serabyn and Dr. Kurt Liewer for their help with the measurement with a polarizing microscope of the phase retard induced by another prototype at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The authors also wants to thank Loïc Lichawski and Julien Salon for their help during the manufacturing of the retarders.
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Issue or Number:15
Classification Code:OCIS codes: (090.0090) Holography; (090.2880) Holographic interferometry; (260.5430) Polarization; (160.3710) Liquid crystals
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Official Citation:P. Piron, P. Blain, M. Décultot, D. Mawet, and S. Habraken, "Polarization holography for vortex retarders recording: laboratory demonstration," Appl. Opt. 54, 4765-4770 (2015)
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Deposited On:20 May 2015 18:31
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