Achromatic polarization retarder realized with slowly varying linear and circular birefringence.

  title={Achromatic polarization retarder realized with slowly varying linear and circular birefringence.},
  author={Andon A Rangelov},
  journal={Optics letters},
  volume={36 14},
Using the phenomena of linear and circular birefringence, we propose a device that can alter general elliptical polarization of a beam by a predetermined amount, thereby allowing conversion between linearly polarized light and circularly polarized light or changes to the handedness of the polarization. Based on an analogy with two-state adiabatic following of quantum optics, the proposed device is insensitive to the frequency of the light-it serves as an achromatic polarization retarder. 

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