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Technical Details


  • True Zero-Order Vortex Retarder Plates
  • Retardation Bands: fully customizable between 400-4000nm
  • Topological Charges Available: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 16, 32
    • Other custom charges possible
  • Broadband Illumination: Yes (similar ranges as our achromatic MTRs)
  • AOI: Up to +/-20˚
  • Center wavelength options: Fully customizable from 400-4000nm
  • Patterned/louvered domains: nearly any pattern, with resolution down to <5 µm
  • Size: up to 300 x 300mm sq; round or arbitrary cut samples are custom


  • Due to their simple fabrication and many degrees of design freedom, VPRs are ideal for:
  • Patterned Retardation (louvers or other patterns)
  • Multiple Charges
  • Precision Retardation
  • Smallest Central Defect

Additional Information

Vortex retarders generate nondiffracting, or Bessel, beams, which have been demonstrated to enlarge the trapping region and the kinematics of optical tweezers and for transport and guiding of microspheres.

  • Other Applications
  • Sub-wavelength Resolution Nano-optics
  • Control of Bose-Einstein Condensates
  • Quantum Informatics

Several topological charges (1, 2, 4, 8)

Smallest central defects per charge reported as of 2015

Conventional LC layers (no MTR)


  • Optical Tweezers
  • Sub-wavelength Resolution Nano-optics
  • Control of Bose-Einstein Condensates
  • Quantum Informatics
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FAQs about Vortex Patterned Retarder

Q. What charges are possible for your vortex retarders?
A. We can easily implement any charge from 2 to 32.

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