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Where to Buy Waveplates

Waveplates are transparent plates with a defined amount of birefringence, used for modifying the polarization of light. Most common are quarter waveplates (λ / 4 plates) and half waveplates (λ / 2 plates). One may, for example, use a half waveplate for rotating a linear polarization state, or a quarter waveplate for producing circularly polarized light.

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Related articles: polarization of laser emission, fiber polarization controllers, Babinet–Soleil compensators, polarizers

Related product category: optical components and devices

Check List for Waveplates

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  • What retardance do you need – λ/2, λ/4 or anything else, for what wavelength(s)?
  • Will a simple multi-order waveplate be sufficient, or do you need a (true or effective) zero-order waveplate, which can be operated in a much wider wavelength range? (There are also achromatic waveplates for particularly wide wavelength regions.)
  • Should it have anti-reflection coatings – for what wavelengths?
  • Is the surface quality high enough?
  • For use with pulsed lasers: is the optical damage threshold sufficiently high?
  • Might operation in a wide temperature range be a problem?

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81 suppliers for waveplates are listed in the RP Photonics Buyer's Guide. Both manufacturers and distributors can be registered.

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Artifex Engineering GmbH & Co KG

Dortmunder Str. 16–18
26723 Emden
Germany

Quality: ISO 9001:2015
www.artifex-engineering.com

E-mail:
waveplates

Artifex Engineering offers a wide range of custom waveplates for many applications. Waveplates, also known as retardation plates, are birefringent optical elements. Our portfolio covers achromatic, low order, zero and true zero order and MID-IR waveplates. Mounts are available for our waveplates on request. For example, we can provide true zero order plates mounted on an annular glass frame. In this manner, a robust optic is available with the full optical properties of a true zero order waveplate. In addition to single components, we will gladly provide functional subunits according to your needs. For example, we can supply isolators comprising a quarter-waveplate and polarizing beamsplitter cube mounted together in a single drop-in unit. Visit our product page for more information on each waveplate. We look forward to your inquiry.

G&H

Dowlish Ford
Ilminster TA19 0PF
United Kingdom
waveplates

From crystal growth, crystal orientation and cutting, to waveplate fabrication and coating, no other waveplate supplier has as much control over the fabrication stages as G&H.

Our waveplates been used in the cutting edge of research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s NIF project to the most demanding of production environments in semiconductor metrology equipment.

For all wavelength ranges, we orient, cut, and polish the optical crystals for waveplate production. Tight internal controls enable better retardation tolerances within and between production runs.

Polishing, coating, assembly, and metrology complete the manufacturing process.

Edmund Optics

101 East Gloucester Pike
Barrington, NJ 08007
United States
www.edmundoptics.com
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waveplates

Edmund Optics offers a variety of waveplates with crystalline or polymer materials, including multiple order, zero order, or achromatic waveplates. Polymer waveplates offer superior performance over a wider range of incidence angles. Multiple order waveplates are ideal for use with monochromatic light that deviates less than 1% of the waveplate’s design wavelength. Zero order retarders offer high performance over wider wavelength or temperature ranges. Achromatic waveplates offer the most constant performance over the widest wavelength or temperature ranges.

From crystals to coatings, service across the spectrum

Inrad Optics

181 Legrand Avenue
Northvale, NJ 07647
United States
www.inradoptics.com

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waveplates

Inrad Optics manufactures custom waveplates in a variety of materials and configurations, including ultra-thin zero-order waveplates contacted to BK7 or UVFS carrier plates, and air spaced, contacted and cemented assemblies.

EKSMA Optics, UAB

Mokslininku str. 11
08412 Vilnius
Lithuania

Quality: ISO 9001:2015
www.eksmaoptics.com

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We offer a wide choice of zero-order, multiple-order and low-order waveplates made from crystalline quartz. Also, we have dual-wavelength waveplates for Ti:sapphire, Yb:KGW/KYW and Nd:YAG lasers, and achromatic waveplates for tunable lasers.

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UltraFast Innovations GmbH

Dieselstr. 5
85748 Garching
Germany
www.ultrafast-innovations.com

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waveplates

UltraFast Innovations offers the AURORA, which is a phase retarder (quarter waveplate) with a four mirror grazing incidence reflection geometryfor the extreme ultraviolet. It covers the range from 40 to 85 eV photon energy and reaches >25% transmittivity around 66 eV. A clear aperture of 3 mm allows the low divergent XUV from an HHG cell to pass through without clipping.

Your Custom Optics Experts

Shanghai Optics Inc.

17 Brant Ave Suite 6
Clark, NJ 07066
United States

Quality: ISO 9001:2015
www.shanghai-optics.com

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Shanghai Optics manufacturers micro-waveplates as small as 0.35 mm × 0.35 mm with tolerance of ±0.05 mm and thickness about 0.19 mm. Please contact us for manufacturing limit or custom specifications.

Knight Optical (USA) LLC

1130 Ten Rod Road
Suite D102
North Kingstown
Rhode Island 02852
United States

Quality: ISO 9001:2015
www.knightoptical.com

E-mail:
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waveplates

Known for their outstanding reliability and high quality, Knight Optical's retarders are used for the most cutting-edge applications. With options suitable for the UV, visible and near-infrared (NIR) (0.7 to 1.5 μm) wavebands, our range consists of liquid crystal variable (custom-made only), achromatic, mica, zero order quartz, low order quartz, Fresnel rhomb (custom-made only), plastic and Rochon (custom-made only) varieties.

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Advanced Thin Films

5733 Central Avenue
Boulder, CO 80301
United States
advancedthinfilms.com
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American Polarizers, Inc.

141 South Seventh Street
Reading, Pennsylvania 19602
United States

Conoptics

19 Eagle Road
Danbury, CT 06810
United States

CVI Laser Optics

200 Dorado Place SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
United States

Edmund Optics

101 East Gloucester Pike
Barrington, NJ 08007
United States
www.edmundoptics.com
E-mail:
waveplates

Edmund Optics offers a variety of waveplates with crystalline or polymer materials, including multiple order, zero order, or achromatic waveplates. Polymer waveplates offer superior performance over a wider range of incidence angles. Multiple order waveplates are ideal for use with monochromatic light that deviates less than 1% of the waveplate’s design wavelength. Zero order retarders offer high performance over wider wavelength or temperature ranges. Achromatic waveplates offer the most constant performance over the widest wavelength or temperature ranges.

From crystals to coatings, service across the spectrum

Inrad Optics

181 Legrand Avenue
Northvale, NJ 07647
United States
www.inradoptics.com

E-mail:
waveplates

Inrad Optics manufactures custom waveplates in a variety of materials and configurations, including ultra-thin zero-order waveplates contacted to BK7 or UVFS carrier plates, and air spaced, contacted and cemented assemblies.

Karl Lambrecht Corporation

4204 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
United States

Knight Optical (USA) LLC

1130 Ten Rod Road
Suite D102
North Kingstown
Rhode Island 02852
United States

Quality: ISO 9001:2015
www.knightoptical.com

E-mail:
(See the company profile page for additional contact information.)
waveplates

Known for their outstanding reliability and high quality, Knight Optical's retarders are used for the most cutting-edge applications. With options suitable for the UV, visible and near-infrared (NIR) (0.7 to 1.5 μm) wavebands, our range consists of liquid crystal variable (custom-made only), achromatic, mica, zero order quartz, low order quartz, Fresnel rhomb (custom-made only), plastic and Rochon (custom-made only) varieties.

Laser Research Optics

A division of Meller Optics, Inc.
120 Corliss Street
Providence RI, 02904
United States

Meller Optics

120 Corliss Street
Providence RI 02904
United States

OptoCity

645 Bashford Rd
Raleigh, NC 27606
United States

Rainbow Research Optics, Inc.

6830 S. Dawson Circle
Centennial, Colorado 80112
United States
www.rr-optics.com
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Red Optronics

P. O. Box 2032
Mountain View, CA 94042
United States

Ross Optical

1410 Gail Borden Place, A3, El Paso, TX 79935
United States

Your Custom Optics Experts

Shanghai Optics Inc.

17 Brant Ave Suite 6
Clark, NJ 07066
United States

Quality: ISO 9001:2015
www.shanghai-optics.com

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Shanghai Optics manufacturers micro-waveplates as small as 0.35 mm × 0.35 mm with tolerance of ±0.05 mm and thickness about 0.19 mm. Please contact us for manufacturing limit or custom specifications.

Sinoceramics (USA), LLC.

200 Innovation Blvd. Suite 257
State College, PA16803
United States

Special Optics

315 Richard Mine Road
Wharton, New Jersey 07885
United States

Tower Optical Corporation

3600 S. Congress Avenue, Unit J
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
United States

VLOC

7826 Photonics Drive
New Port Richey, FL 34655
United States
From America:

Allied Scientific Pro

815 Carriere Blvd, suite 202
Gatineau, QC, J*Y6T4
Canada
alliedscientificpro.com
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Newlight Photonics Inc.

40–1110 Finch Avenue West
Suite 1172
Toronto, ON M3J 2T2
Canada
Outside America:

3photon

Savanoriu Ave. 235
Vilnius 02300
Lithuania
3photon.com
E-mail:

Acal BFi

Assar-Gabrielsson-Straße 1
63128 Dietzenbach
Germany

Acexon

21 Bukit Batok Cescent
#20–83 WCEGA Tower
Singapore 658065

ALPHALAS GmbH

Bertha-von-Suttner-Str. 5
37085 Göttingen
Germany

Altechna UAB

Mokslininku St. 6A
08412 Vilnius
Lithuania
www.altechna.com
E-mail:

Your Flexibility is our Challenge - Custom is our Standard!

Artifex Engineering GmbH & Co KG

Dortmunder Str. 16–18
26723 Emden
Germany

Quality: ISO 9001:2015
www.artifex-engineering.com

E-mail:
waveplates

Artifex Engineering offers a wide range of custom waveplates for many applications. Waveplates, also known as retardation plates, are birefringent optical elements. Our portfolio covers achromatic, low order, zero and true zero order and MID-IR waveplates. Mounts are available for our waveplates on request. For example, we can provide true zero order plates mounted on an annular glass frame. In this manner, a robust optic is available with the full optical properties of a true zero order waveplate. In addition to single components, we will gladly provide functional subunits according to your needs. For example, we can supply isolators comprising a quarter-waveplate and polarizing beamsplitter cube mounted together in a single drop-in unit. Visit our product page for more information on each waveplate. We look forward to your inquiry.

Bernhard Halle Nachfolger GmbH

Hubertusstraße 10
12163 Berlin
Germany

Bluebean Optical Tech Ltd.

19–505 (HuiHeng Bldg), No. 200 LaoHuTai Road
Shanghai 200072
China
www.bbotech.com
E-mail:

CASTECH

Building No. 9, Zone F
89 Ruanjian Avenue
Fuzhou, Fujian 350003
China

CeNing Optics Co., Ltd

4F West, Taijiang Yuan 20th Building
JinShan Avenue 618
Fuzhou 350002, Fujian
China

Claser Photonics Inc.

No 375 Yecheng Road, Jiading
Shanghai, 201821
China

Comar Optics Ltd

Photon House
Station Road
Linton, Cambridge CB21 4NW
United Kingdom
www.comaroptics.com
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Core Optronics Co.,Ltd

Building No. 1, Road Wuyibei
Gulou District, Fuzhou, Fujian 350001
China
www.coptronics.com
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Crysmit Photonics Co., Ltd.

6–14#, YanYang
Fuzhou
China
www.crysmit.com
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Crystech Inc.

Electronic Information Industrial Park
Xianshan East Road
Chengyang District
Qingdao, 266107
China

EKSMA Optics, UAB

Mokslininku str. 11
08412 Vilnius
Lithuania

Quality: ISO 9001:2015
www.eksmaoptics.com

E-mail:

We offer a wide choice of zero-order, multiple-order and low-order waveplates made from crystalline quartz. Also, we have dual-wavelength waveplates for Ti:sapphire, Yb:KGW/KYW and Nd:YAG lasers, and achromatic waveplates for tunable lasers.

Elliot Scientific Ltd.

3 Allied Business Centre
Coldharbour Lane
Harpenden AL5 4UT
United Kingdom

FOCtek Photonics, Inc.

No. 8, the 7th Road
Phase II of Minhou Tieling Industrial District
Fuzhou, Fujian 350100
China

Fuzhou Caston Optronics Co., Ltd.

71 Fuguang Road
Fuzhou Fujian 350014
China

Dayoptics, Inc.

6 Yangqi Branch 8 Jinshan Fuwan Park, Fuzhou
Fujian 350008
China

Fuzhou Hundreds Optics Inc.

Building 20, Taijiang Park
Juyuanzhou Industrial Park
Cangshan District
Fuzhou Fujian 350002
China
www.100optics.com
E-mail:

G&H

Dowlish Ford
Ilminster TA19 0PF
United Kingdom
waveplates

From crystal growth, crystal orientation and cutting, to waveplate fabrication and coating, no other waveplate supplier has as much control over the fabrication stages as G&H.

Our waveplates been used in the cutting edge of research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s NIF project to the most demanding of production environments in semiconductor metrology equipment.

For all wavelength ranges, we orient, cut, and polish the optical crystals for waveplate production. Tight internal controls enable better retardation tolerances within and between production runs.

Polishing, coating, assembly, and metrology complete the manufacturing process.

Hellma Optik GmbH

Mühlenstraße 30
07745 Jena
Germany

Hitronics Technologies

No. 1–1 Nan Bian Rd.
Minhou Economic & Technology Development Zone
Fuzhou Fujian 350100
China
www.hi-tronics.com
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Holmarc Opto-Mechatronics

B.7, HMT Rd, Industrial Estate
P.O., Kalamassery, Kochi
Kerala 683503
India

InStockOptics

Svyturio g. 4–1
10210 Vilnius
Lithuania

JG International

158 Haitong Road
Shanghai 200001
China

Lambda Photonics Co., Ltd.

Add. No. 28, Wantang Road
Xihu District, Hangzhou City, 310013
China

Laser Components GmbH

Werner-von-Siemens-Straße 15
82140 Olching
Germany
www.lasercomponents.com
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Layertec GmbH

Ernst-Abbe-Weg 1
99441 Mellingen
Germany
www.layertec.de
E-mail:

LC-Tec

Tunavägen 281
781 73 Borlänge
Sweden
www.lc-tec.se
E-mail:

Leysop Ltd.

18 Repton Court
Repton Close
Basildon, Essex, SS13 1LN
United Kingdom
www.leysop.com
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Litech Optics Co., Ltd.

3F, No.4 Building
Cangshan Industrial Zone, Cangshan District
Fuzhou 350007
China

Metrolux optische Messtechnik

Bertha-von-Suttner Strasse 5
37085 Göttingen
Germany

Miracrys LLC

ul Gazovskaya, 11, Suite. 72
603065, Nizhny Novgorod,
Russian Federation
www.miracrys.com
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MLOPTIC Corp.

398 Pugang St. Jiangning
Nanjing 211102
China

MOK Optics Co. Ltd.

Building 3, Qunsheng Baimajun
Pudong Rd 10, Taijiang, Fuzhou
China
www.mokoptics.com
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nortus Optronic GmbH

In den Niederwiesen 4a
76744 Wörth am Rhein
Germany
www.nortus-optronic.com
E-mail:

OPTOMAN

Ukmerges g. 427
14185 Vilnius
Lithuania
www.optoman.com
E-mail:

Orientir, Inc

B2, 199 Western Rd
High-Tech District Western Zone
Chengdu, Sichuan 611731
China
www.orient-ir.com
E-mail:

Phoenix Photonics Ltd

Sarre Business Centre
Canterbury Road
Sarre, Birchington, Kent
United Kingdom
www.phoenixphotonics.com
E-mail:

Phosctech Photonics

No. 138, WuSi Road
Fuzhou 350003
China

Photonchina

15 Binzhou Road
Jinshan Industrial Park
Fuzhou
China
www.photonchinaa.com
E-mail:

Qioptiq Photonics GmbH & Co KG

Hans-Riedl-Str. 9
85622 Feldkirchen
Germany

Rising Electro-Optics Ltd.

1st Floor, Bldg 24#, Jinshan Fuwan Industrial Park
No.869, Pan Yu Road
Fuzhou, Fujian 350002
China

Shalom EO

A635, Boke Mansion
No. 9 Xiyuan Road
Xihu District, Hangzhou 310030
China

SIMTRUM Pte. Ltd.

Blk 71, #06–03, Ayer Rajah Crescent
Singapore 139955

Sinoptix

Office 16 D, Yujia Mansion
N°1336 HuaShan Road
Shanghai 200052
China
sinoptix.eu
E-mail:

Sirah Lasertechnik GmbH

Heinrich-Hertz-Str. 11
41516 Grevenbroich
Germany

Fuzhou Solid Photon Inc

No. 23, 3F Building 7
Rongcheng Park 10 South Road
Jinrong Cangshan, Fujian
China

STANDA Ltd.

P. O. Box 377
03012 Vilnius
Lithuania

Tempotec Optics Co., Ltd.

Bldg. 32 West, Juyuanzhou Industrial Park, 618 Jinshan street
Fuzhou, Fujian, 350002
China

Tianjin Tengteng Industrial and Trading Co., Ltd.

No. 85, Xihu Road
Nankai District, Tianjin City
China
www.oplentics-optics.com/en
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Topag Lasertechnik GmbH

Nieder-Ramstädter-Str. 247
64285 Darmstadt
Germany
www.topag.de
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ULO Optics Ltd.

Unit 2 Caxton Place
Caxton Way
Stevenage, Herts SG1 2UG
United Kingdom

Ultra Photonics

No.758, Qi'an Road
Fuwan Industrial District
Fuzhou, Fujian, 350014
China

YOUR KEY to innovation and success

UltraFast Innovations GmbH

Dieselstr. 5
85748 Garching
Germany
www.ultrafast-innovations.com

E-mail:
waveplates

UltraFast Innovations offers the AURORA, which is a phase retarder (quarter waveplate) with a four mirror grazing incidence reflection geometryfor the extreme ultraviolet. It covers the range from 40 to 85 eV photon energy and reaches >25% transmittivity around 66 eV. A clear aperture of 3 mm allows the low divergent XUV from an HHG cell to pass through without clipping.

Vision Lasertechnik für Forschung und Industrie GmbH

Lügensteinweg 27
30890 Göxe
Germany

Wavelength Opto-Electronic (S) Pte Ltd

BLK 2 Bukit Batok St. 24, #06–01/03/09
Skytech Building
Singapore 659480

Workshop of Photonics

UAB Altechna R&D
Mokslininku St. 6A
08412 Vilnius
Lithuania
www.wophotonics.com
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