Polymer Waveplates offer alternative to quartz waveplates.

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Polymer Waveplates (Retarders) transmit light while modifying its optical polarization state and do not attenuate, deviate, or displace beam. Birefringent polymer film, layered between 2 glass windows, increases durability and handling. Available in ¼ and ½ λ retardance, Retarders act as true zero order waveplates and are available with multiple wavelengths or achromatic designs. Models come in 405, 488, 532, 560, 633, and 650 nm wavelengths in ¼ wave or ½ wave varieties.

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Polymer Waveplates (Retarders) Provide True Zero Order Waveplate Performance

Offers economical alternative to quartz waveplates

Barrington, N.J. – Edmund Optics (EO), the premier provider of optical components, introduces new Polymer Waveplates (Retarders). Designed for transmitting light while modifying its optical polarization state, these versatile Polymer Waveplate (Retarders) do not attenuate, deviate or displace the beam.

Polymer Waveplates (Retarders) offer an extremely durable, low-cost alternative to quartz waveplates. They feature a thin birefringent polymer film that is layered between two glass windows, which increases durability and ease of handling. Available in ¼λ and ½λ retardance, Polymer Waveplates (Retarders) are specifically designed to act as true zero order waveplates - they provide excellent angular field of view and lower sensitivity to incidence angles than comparable quartz waveplates. They offer impressively stable performance over wavelength shift and wide angles of incidence.

Multiple wavelengths or achromatic designs available

Polymer Waveplates (Retarders) are available with multiple wavelengths or achromatic designs and identify the fast axis, marked on the edge of the glass, for convenience and ease of use. Models are available in 405 nm, 488 nm, 532 nm, 560 nm, 633 nm and 650 nm wavelengths in ¼ wave or ½ wave varieties. A ¼ wave Polymer Achromatic Waveplate offers a 450-600 nm wavelength range. Polymer Waveplates (Retarders) are in-stock and available for immediate delivery for fast turnaround and excellent value.

About EO:

Edmund Optics® (EO) is a leading producer of optics, imaging, and photonics technology for R&D, electronics, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, biomedical, and military markets around the globe. EO is the world's largest supplier of off-the-shelf optical components. Customers can purchase items by contacting EO at 1-800-363-1992, via the catalog, or via the website at www.edmundoptics.com

Company Contact:

Kirsten Bjork-Jones

Director Global Marketing Communications

Edmund Optics®, Inc.

101 East Gloucester Pike

Barrington, NJ 08007 U.S.A.

Phone: 1-800-363-1992

Fax: 1-856-573-6295

email: kbjork-jones@edmundoptics.com

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