Creating vortex retarders using photoaligned liquid crystal polymers

Scott C. McEldowney, David M. Shemo, Russell A Chipman, Paula K. Smith

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Abstract

We present developments using photoaligned liquid crystal polymers for creating vortex retarders, half-wave retarders with a continuously variable fast axis. Polarization properties of components designed to create different polarization vortex modes are presented. We assess the viability of these components by using the theoretical and experimental point spread functions in Mueller matrix format, or a point spread matrix (PSM). The measured PSM of these components in an optical system is very close to the theoretically predicted values, thus showing that these components should provide excellent performance in applications utilizing polarized optical vortices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-136
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 15 2008

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Creating vortex retarders using photoaligned liquid crystal polymers. / McEldowney, Scott C.; Shemo, David M.; Chipman, Russell A; Smith, Paula K.

In: Optics Letters, Vol. 33, No. 2, 15.01.2008, p. 134-136.

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McEldowney, Scott C. ; Shemo, David M. ; Chipman, Russell A ; Smith, Paula K. / Creating vortex retarders using photoaligned liquid crystal polymers. In: Optics Letters. 2008 ; Vol. 33, No. 2. pp. 134-136.
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