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1" Dia., 400-700nm Compensated, Liquid Crystal Retarder

Stock #63-039 Clearance
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0 to λ/2
Wavelength Range (nm):
400 - 700
Clear Aperture CA (inches):
Diameter (mm):
25.40 ±0.127
Variable Waveplate
Surface Quality:
Damage Threshold, CW:
500 W/cm2
Damage Threshold, Pulsed:
300 mJ/cm2 @ 10ns
Transmitted Wavefront, RMS:
Beam Deviation (arcmin):
Liquid Crystal
Diameter (inches):
Diameter Tolerance (inches):
Reflection (%):
≤0.5 per Surface
Retardance Uniformity, RMS (%):
Operating Temperature (°C):
+10 to +50

Regulatory Compliance


Product Family Description

  • Electrically Controlled Retardance up to λ/2
  • Manual or Computer Interface Control
  • Easy Mounting with 8-32 Tapped Hole

Liquid Crystal Variable Waveplates (Retarders) are constructed using precision polished, optically flat fused silica windows spaced a few microns apart. The cavity is filled with nematic liquid crystal material and sealed. This assembly ensures excellent transmitted wavefront quality and low beam deviation, required for many demanding applications. Uncompensated retarders can vary from 30nm - λ/2 retardance while compensated retarders can operate from 0 – λ/2.

The long axis of the liquid crystal molecules defines the extraordinary, or slow, index. With no voltage present, the molecules lie parallel to the windows and maximum retardance is obtained. When voltage is applied across the liquid crystal layer, the molecules tip towards the direction of the applied electric field. As voltage increases, the effective birefringence decreases, causing a reduction in retardance. The basic liquid crystal controller allows a single retarder to be controlled manually.

Note: The Basic Liquid Crystal Controller (#63-045) is not available for sale in Europe as it is not CE Certified.

Basic Liquid Crystal Controller Specifications

  • Output Voltage: 2kHz AC square λ adjustable 0-25V RMS; 50% duty cycle, minimal DC bias
  • Voltage Resolution: 3mV
  • Internal Modulation: 0.7-150Hz
  • External Modulation: TTL input: 12V maximum DC-1 kHz

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