What is an ImagineOptix SA-QW?

An ImagineOptix SA-QW is a Multi-Twist Retarder (MTR) designed for quarterwave operation over extremely wide angles and large bandwidths.

How It Works

ImagineOptix SA-QWs are simply Multi Twist Retarders that have been designed to keep quarter wave performance over wide wavelength ranges and very large acceptance angles.

Wide Bandwidth

  • 410nm-700nm

Wide Acceptance Angle

  • ±45°

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FAQs about the SA-QW

Q. Does your super achromatic quarter wave retarder (SA-QWP) really out perform other polymer quarter waves?
A. Yes. Our standard SA-QW operates over 410nm – 700nm and from 0 to 45 angle of incidence. Both the wavelength and AOI can be increased with a custom design.

Q. Are your quarter waves true zero order?
A. Yes. They do operate like other zero order waveplates.

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