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written by Kiril Simov and Wolfgang Christian
The Quarter Wave Plate program displays the effect of a quarter wave plate on an incident electromagnetic wave.   The default electromagnetic wave is plane polarized but this polarization can be changed by specifying the components of the wave's Jones vector using the input fields.  The slider can be used to rotate the quarter wave plate to change its orientation.    

Quarter Wave Plate is an Open Source Physics program written for the teaching of optics.  It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive.  Double clicking the optics_quarterwave.jar file will run the program if Java is installed.  Other optics programs are also available.  They can be found by searching ComPADRE for Open Source Physics, OSP, or Optics.

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java.
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Electricity & Magnetism
- General
Optics
- Polarization
= Birefringence
= Circular Polarization
- Upper Undergraduate
- Lower Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Curriculum support
= Interactive Simulation
= Lecture/Presentation
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© 2008 Wolfgang Christian
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Keywords:
OSP, Open Source Physics, electromagnetic radiation, light, optics, polarization, quarter wave plate, right-circularly polarized
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Metadata instance created May 18, 2008 by Mario Belloni
Record Updated:
July 10, 2008 by Taha Mzoughi
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May 1, 2008
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Very Helpful program

Author: Mingi Wu
Posted: January 14, 2011 at 7:21AM

It's a great program! With this helpful program, I finally understand the QWP.

When I realized that the input wave can change format to circular polarization or ellipse polarization, I loved it even more.

Thank you for your excellent program !

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K. Simov and W. Christian, Computer Program QUARTER WAVE PLATE PROGRAM, Version 1.0 (2008), WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7176&DocID=360).
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K. Simov and W. Christian, Computer Program QUARTER WAVE PLATE PROGRAM, Version 1.0 (2008), <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7176&DocID=360>.
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Simov, K., & Christian, W. (2008). Quarter Wave Plate Program (Version 1.0) [Computer software]. Retrieved October 23, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7176&DocID=360
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Simov, Kiril, and Wolfgang Christian. "Quarter Wave Plate Program." Version 1.0. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7176&DocID=360 (accessed 23 October 2014).
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Simov, Kiril, and Wolfgang Christian. Quarter Wave Plate Program. Vers. 1.0. Computer software. 2008. Java 1.5. 23 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7176&DocID=360>.
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