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Opt Lett. 2006 Sep 15;31(18):2687-9.

Demonstration of a single-layer meanderline phase retarder at infrared.

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  • 1SREOL College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, FL 32816,


Meanderline wave plates are in common use at radio frequencies as polarization retarders. We present initial results of a gold meanderline structure on a silicon substrate that functions at a wavelength of 10.6 microm in the IR. The measured results show a distinct change in the polarization state of the incident beam after passing through the device, inducing a 74 degrees phase retardance between horizontal and vertical components. A high degree of polarization (88%) is maintained in the transmitted beam with an overall power transmittance of 38% and a beam profile that remains essentially unchanged.

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