Reducing symmetric polarization aberrations in a lens by annealing

J. Wolfe, R. A. Chipman

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Radially symmetric retardance was found in antireflection coated, molded aspheric glass lenses by measurement with a Mueller matrix imaging polarimeter. The source of the unexpected polarization aberration is traced to a remarkably symmetric radial stress birefringence in the glass believed to arise during fire-polishing of the surfaces. While annealing the lenses relieves much of the stress birefringence, reducing the retardance of the lenses by a factor of five, the lenses remained unusable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3443-3451
Number of pages9
JournalOptics Express
Issue number15
StatePublished - Jul 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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