Abstract

For single-layer antireflection-coated (ARC) optical surfaces, the first five derivatives of reflectance with respect to angle of incidence φ for the p and s polarizations are zero at normal incidence, whereas the first three derivatives of differential transmission phase shift Δt =Δtp-Δts with respect to φ are also zero at φ=0. Consequently, ARC optical systems with numerical apertures of <0.7φ<45° exhibit fourth- and sixth-order polarization aberrations owing to retardance and diattenuation, respectively. Results for ARC Ge and ZnS surfaces are presented to illustrate these effects.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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