A waveplate is an optically transparent material which resolves a beam of polarized light into two orthogonal components; retards the phase of one component relative to the other; then recombines the components into a single beam with new polarization characteristics. loyalaser offers complete series of waveplates, include achromatic waveplate, zero order waveplate, multi order waveplate, dual wavelength waveplate, telecom waveplate. The waveplates are optically inspected to ensure the most accurate phase shift measurements in the industry. loyalaser can also provide ring mount and rotate mount for waveplate.
For instance a quarter-waveplate creates a quarter-wavelength phase shift and can change linearly polarized light to circular and vice versa. This is done by adjusting the plane of the incident so that it makes 45° angle with the fast axis. This gives ordinary and extraordinary waves with equal amplitude.
The other common type of wave plate is half-wave plate, which retards one polarization by half a wavelength, or 180 degrees. This type of wave-plate changes the polarization direction of linear polarized light. Wave plates in general as well as polarizers can be described using the Jones matrix formalism, which uses a vector to represent the polarization state of light and a matrix to represent the linear transformation of a wave-plate or polarizer.
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Type of Waveplates:
Zero-order wave plate
Optical cement or epoxy resin bonded ,high damage threshold ,
Better working temperature range, High bandwidth
True zero-order wave plate
Epoxy resin bonded,High damage threshold,
Better working temperature range ,High bandwidth
Low-level (multi-level) wave plate
Less temperature bandwidth, Less wavelength band,
High damage threshold
Dual-wavelength wave plate
Delay two wavelengths phase requirement
Achromatic wave plate
Not sensitive to temperature,Wide wavelength band gluing and air gap are two options