Abstract

Polarization characteristics of the transmitted beam through the various sizes of metal wire grid meshes are examined experimentally at 118.8 μm. When these results were compared to Chen's waveguide theory, we obtained excellent agreement. In particular, when the incident beam polarization is neither parallel (TM) nor perpendicular (TE) to the wire grid axis, a linearly polarized incident beam can be made elliptic due to the phase difference between the TE and TM modes.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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