Properties of a variable-delay polarization modulator

David T. Chuss*, Edward J. Wollack, Ross Henry, Howard Hui, Aaron J. Juarez, Megan Krejny, S. Harvey Moseley, Giles Novak

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We investigate the polarization modulation properties of a variable-delay polarization modulator (VPM). The VPM modulates polarization via a variable separation between a polarizing grid and a parallel mirror. We find that in the limit where the wavelength is much larger than the diameter of the metal wires that comprise the grid, the phase delay derived from the geometric separation between the mirror and the grid is sufficient to characterize the device. However, outside of this range, additional parameters describing the polarizing grid geometry must be included to fully characterize the modulator response. In this paper, we report test results of a VPM at wavelengths of 350 μm and 3 mm. Electromagnetic simulations of wire grid polarizers were performed and are summarized using a simple circuit model that incorporates the loss and polarization properties of the device..

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-208
Number of pages12
JournalApplied optics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 10 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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