Waveplates use a phenomenon known as birefringence to alter the incoming laser beam polarization state. The most common waveplate uses are for turning linearly polarized light into circularly polarized light (quarter-wave plates), and to rotate the polarization plane of a linearly polarized source (half-wave plates).
II-VI manufactures both multiple order and zero order waveplates. Zero order waveplates have the dual advantage of being less sensitive to changes in operating temperature and input wavelength.
- Converting linear to circular polarization
- Rotating the polarization plane
- High-power handling
- Low-insertion loss
- Apertures up to 1.0
- Visible transmission for easy alignment
- Rotating mounts available