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Photonic crystal polarizers and polarizing beam splitters

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4 Author(s)
Solli, D.R. ; Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720-7300 ; McCormick, C.F. ; Chiao, R.Y. ; Hickmann, J.M.

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We have experimentally demonstrated polarizers and polarizing beam splitters based on microwave-scale two-dimensional photonic crystals. Using polarized microwaves within certain frequency bands, we have observed a squared-sinusoid (Malus) transmission law when using the photonic crystal as a polarizer. The photonic crystal also functions as a polarizing beamsplitter; in this configuration it can be engineered to split incident polarizations in either order and in any direction, making it more versatile than conventional, Brewster-angle beamsplitters. © 2003 American Institute of Physics.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:93 ,  Issue: 12 )