Polypropylene embedded metal mesh broadband achromatic half-wave plate for millimetre wavelengths

Zhang, Jin and Ade, Peter A. R. and Mauskopf, Philip D. and Savini, Giorgio and Moncelsi, Lorenzo and Whitehouse, Nicola (2011) Polypropylene embedded metal mesh broadband achromatic half-wave plate for millimetre wavelengths. Applied Optics, 50 (21). pp. 3750-3757. ISSN 2155-3165

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1364/AO.50.003750


We describe a novel multilayered metal-mesh achromatic half-wave plate (HWP) for use in astronomical polarimetric instruments. The HWP is designed to operate across the frequency range from 125 to 250 GHz. The wave plate is manufactured from 12 layers of thin film metallic inductive and capacitive grids patterned onto polypropylene sheets, which are then bonded together using a hot-pressing technique. Transmission line modeling and three-dimensional electromagnetic simulations are used to optimize the parameters of the metal-mesh patterns and to evaluate their optical properties. A prototype HWP has been fabricated, and its performance is characterized in a polarizing Fourier transform spectrometer. The device performance is consistent with the modeling, although the measured differential phase shift for two orthogonal polarizations is lower than expected. This difference is likely to result from imperfect patterning of individual layers and misalignment of the grids during manufacture.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: broadband, achromatic half-wave plate, millimeter
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Dr. JIN ZHANG
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2016 15:12
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:17
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/701169

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