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Quarter Wave Plate Program
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.  TheA slider can be used to rotate the quarter wave plate.    

Quarter Wave Plate is an Open Source Physics program written for the teaching of optics.

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Electricity & Magnetism
- General
- Polarization
= Birefringence
= Circular Polarization
- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Lecture/Presentation
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- Professional/Practitioners
- Educators
- application/java
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© 2008 Wolfgang Christian
Additional information is available.
OSP, Open Source Physics, electromagnetic radiation, light, optics, polarization, quarter wave plate, right-circularly polarized
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created May 18, 2008 by Mario Belloni
Record Updated:
July 10, 2008 by Taha Mzoughi
Last Update
when Cataloged:
May 1, 2008
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Very Helpful program

Author: Mingi Wu
Posted: January 14, 2011 at 7:21AM
Source: The Open Source Physics collection

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, (
K. Simov and W. Christian, Computer Program QUARTER WAVE PLATE PROGRAM, Version 1.0 (2008), <>.
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Simov, K., & Christian, W. (2008). Quarter Wave Plate Program (Version 1.0) [Computer software]. Retrieved June 19, 2024, from
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Simov, Kiril, and Wolfgang Christian. "Quarter Wave Plate Program." Version 1.0. (accessed 19 June 2024).
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Simov, Kiril, and Wolfgang Christian. Quarter Wave Plate Program. Vers. 1.0. Computer software. 2008. Java 1.5. 19 June 2024 <>.
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@misc{ Author = "Kiril Simov and Wolfgang Christian", Title = {Quarter Wave Plate Program}, Month = {May}, Year = {2008} }
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