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Circularly polarized light with high degree of circularity and low azimuthal error sensitivity

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Abstract

The generation of circularly polarized light with a high circularity degree and low azimuthal error sensitivity was analyzed using a system composed by two waveplates. It is shown how the high circularity degree is achieved using a combination of a half- (λ/2) and a quarter- (λ/4) waveplate λ/2+λ/4 configuration. However, the lowest azimuthal sensitivity under small variations in the azimuths of the waveplates is obtained by employing a λ/4+λ/2 configuration. Analytical calculus particularized for quartz and MgF2 waveplates is presented.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

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