Measurement of the wavelength dependence of birefringence for optical disk substrates

Zheng Fu, M. Mansuripur, Stephen Lam

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The in-plane and vertical biréfringence of polycarbonate plastic substrates of optical disks are measured for wavelengths between 360 and 860 nm, which covers the full range of interest for blue as well as for the current red and infrared recording. It is found that the biréfringence generally decreases as the measurement wavelength is increased. In a typical case, the in-plane birefringence, Δn goes from 1.7 × 10-5 to 1.2 × 10-5, and the vertical birefringence, Δ drops from 7.5 × 10-4 to 5.7 × 10-4 in the wavelength range from 360 to 860 nm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7406-7411
Number of pages6
JournalApplied optics
Issue number31
StatePublished - Nov 1994


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ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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