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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.

ESee also our encyclopedia article on waveplates!
Related articles: polarization of laser emission, fiber polarization controllers, Babinet–Soleil compensators, polarizers

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

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CompanyProduct Description

G&H

Dowlish Ford
Ilminster TA19 0PF
United Kingdom
gandh.com
Social: LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube
Tel.: +44 1460 25 6440
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.

EKSMA Optics

c/o Optolita UAB
Mokslininku str. 11
08412 Vilnius

Quality: ISO 9001:2015
www.eksmaoptics.com
Social: LinkedIn
E-mail:
Tel.: +370 5272 99 00
Fax: +370 5272 92 99

We offer a wide choice of zero-order, multiple-order and low-order waveplates made from crystalline quartz. Dual-wavelength waveplates for Ti:sapphire, Yb:KGW/KYW and Nd:YAG lasers. Achromatic waveplates for operation with tunable lasers.

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Advanced Thin Films

5733 Central Avenue
Boulder, CO 80301
United States
advancedthinfilms.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +1 303 815 1545
Fax: +1 303 443 0513

American Polarizers, Inc.

141 South Seventh Street
Reading, Pennsylvania 19602
United States
www.apioptics.com
Tel.: +1 610 373 5177
Fax: +1 610 373 2229

Conoptics

19 Eagle Road
Danbury, CT 06810
United States
www.conoptics.com
Tel.: +1 203 743 3349
Fax: +1 203 790 6145

CVI Laser Optics

200 Dorado Place SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
United States
www.cvilaseroptics.com
Tel.: +1 505 296 9541
Fax: +1 505 298 9908

Karl Lambrecht Corporation

4204 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
United States
www.klccgo.com
Tel.: +1 773 472 5442
Fax: +1 773 472 2724

Knight Optical (USA) LLC

1130 Ten Rod Road
Suite D102
North Kingstown
Rhode Island 02852
United States
www.knightoptical.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +1 401 583 7846
Fax: +1 401 583 7851

Laser Lab Components, Inc.

P.O. Box 1316
Stony Brook, NY 11790
United States
www.laserlabcomponents.com
Tel.: +1 973 346 7881
Fax: +1 973 346 7881

Laser Research Optics

A division of Meller Optics, Inc.
120 Corliss Street
Providence RI, 02904
United States
laserresearch.net
Tel.: +1 888 239 5545

Meller Optics

120 Corliss Street
Providence RI 02904
United States
www.melleroptics.com
Tel.: +1 800 821 0180
Fax: +1 401 331 0519

OptoCity

645 Bashford Rd
Raleigh, NC 27606
United States
www.optocity.com
Tel.: +1 910 331 4862

Rainbow Research Optics, Inc.

6830 S. Dawson Circle
Centennial, Colorado 80112
United States
www.rr-optics.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +1 303 371 3000
Fax: +1 303 371 1333

Red Optronics

P. O. Box 2032
Mountain View, CA 94042
United States
www.redoptronics.com
Tel.: +1 888 309 5061
Fax: +1 650 618 2057

Sinoceramics (USA), LLC.

200 Innovation Blvd. Suite 257
State College, PA16803
United States
www.sinocera.com
Tel.: +1 814 867 2851
Fax: +1 814 867 2853

Special Optics

315 Richard Mine Road
Wharton, New Jersey 07885
United States
specialoptics.com
Tel.: +1 973 366 7289
Fax: +1 973 366 7407

Tower Optical Corporation

3600 S. Congress Avenue, Unit J
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
United States
www.toweroptical.com
Tel.: +1 561 740 2525
Fax: +1 561 740 2518

VLOC

7826 Photonics Drive
New Port Richey, FL 34655
United States
www.vloc.com
Tel.: +1 727 375 8562
Fax: +1 727 375 5300
From America:

Allied Scientific Pro

815 Carriere Blvd, suite 202
Gatineau, QC, J*Y6T4
Canada
alliedscientificpro.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +1 894 01 1004

Newlight Photonics Inc.

40–1110 Finch Avenue West
Suite 1172
Toronto, ON M3J 2T2
Canada
www.newlightphotonics.com
Tel.: +1 416 536 8368
Fax: +1 416 536 8196
Outside America:

3photon

Savanoriu Ave. 235
Vilnius 02300
Lithuania
3photon.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +370 61048 1 61

Acal BFi

Assar-Gabrielsson-Straße 1
63128 Dietzenbach
Germany
www.acalbfi.com
Tel.: +49 60 7 44 09 80
Fax: +49 60 7 44 09 81 10

Acexon

21 Bukit Batok Cescent
#20–83 WCEGA Tower
Singapore 658065
www.acexon.com
Tel.: +65 6565 7300
Fax: +65 6565 7005

ALPHALAS GmbH

Bertha-von-Suttner-Str. 5
37085 Göttingen
Germany
www.alphalas.com
Tel.: +49 551 7 70 61 47
Fax: +49 551 7 70 61 46

Altechna UAB

Mokslininku St. 6A
08412 Vilnius
Lithuania
www.altechna.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +370 5 272 5738
Fax: +370 5 272 3704

Artifex Engineering

Dortmunder Str. 16–18
26723 Emden
Germany
www.artifex-engineering.com
Tel.: +49 4921 58 90 80
Fax: +49 4921 5 89 08 29

Bernhard Halle Nachfolger GmbH

Hubertusstraße 10
12163 Berlin
Germany
www.b-halle.de/EN
Tel.: +49 30 79 74 29 60
Fax: +49 30 7 91 85 27

Bluebean Optical Tech Ltd.

19–505 (HuiHeng Bldg), No. 200 LaoHuTai Road
Shanghai 200072
China
www.bbotech.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +86 21 5101 2729
Fax: +86 21 5168 5837

CASTECH

Building No. 9, Zone F
89 Ruanjian Avenue
Fuzhou, Fujian 350003
China
www.castech.com
Tel.: +86 591 8379 1703
Fax: +86 591 8371 1593

CeNing Optics Co., Ltd

4F West, Taijiang Yuan 20th Building
JinShan Avenue 618
Fuzhou 350002, Fujian
China
www.cn-optics.com
Tel.: +86 591 8733 8232
Fax: +86 591 8733 4595

Claser Photonics Inc.

No 375 Yecheng Road, Jiading
Shanghai, 201821
China
www.claser-sh.com
Tel.: +86 21 3910 8810
Fax: +86 21 6952 8257

Comar Optics Ltd

Photon House
Station Road
Linton, Cambridge CB21 4NW
United Kingdom
www.comaroptics.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +44 1223 86 6120

Core Optronics Co.,Ltd

Building No. 1, Road Wuyibei
Gulou District, Fuzhou, Fujian 350001
China
www.coptronics.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +86 591 8384 7215
Fax: +86 591 8332 0591

Crysmit Photonics Co., Ltd.

6–14#, YanYang
Fuzhou
China
www.crysmit.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +86 18859 23 1105
Fax: +86 591 832 6639

Crystech Inc.

Electronic Information Industrial Park
Xianshan East Road
Chengyang District
Qingdao, 266107
China
www.crystech.com
Tel.: +86 532 6673 1506
Fax: +86 532 6673 1500

EKSMA Optics

c/o Optolita UAB
Mokslininku str. 11
08412 Vilnius

Quality: ISO 9001:2015
www.eksmaoptics.com
Social: LinkedIn
E-mail:
Tel.: +370 5272 99 00
Fax: +370 5272 92 99

We offer a wide choice of zero-order, multiple-order and low-order waveplates made from crystalline quartz. Dual-wavelength waveplates for Ti:sapphire, Yb:KGW/KYW and Nd:YAG lasers. Achromatic waveplates for operation with tunable lasers.

Elliot Scientific Ltd.

3 Allied Business Centre
Coldharbour Lane
Harpenden AL5 4UT
United Kingdom
www.elliotscientific.com
Tel.: +44 1582 76 6300
Fax: +44 1582 76 6340

FOCtek Photonics, Inc.

No. 8, the 7th Road
Phase II of Minhou Tieling Industrial District
Fuzhou, Fujian 350100
China
www.foctek.net
Tel.: +86-591-3826-6618
Fax: +86-591-3826-6619

Fuzhou Caston Optronics Co., Ltd.

71 Fuguang Road
Fuzhou Fujian 350014
China
www.fz-caston.com
Tel.: +86 591 8399 5661
Fax: +86 591 8362 9871

Dayoptics, Inc.

6 Yangqi Branch 8 Jinshan Fuwan Park, Fuzhou
Fujian 350008
China
www.dayoptics.com
Tel.: +86 591 8385 4978
Fax: +86 591 8321 5359

Fuzhou Hundreds Optics Inc.

Building 20, Taijiang Park
Juyuanzhou Industrial Park
Cangshan District
Fuzhou Fujian 350002
China
www.100optics.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +86 0591 835 8393 7807
Fax: +86 0591 8826 1253

G&H

Dowlish Ford
Ilminster TA19 0PF
United Kingdom
gandh.com
Social: LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube
Tel.: +44 1460 25 6440
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
www.hellma-optics.com
Tel.: +49 3641 60 98 14
Fax: +49 3641 60 98 15

Hitronics Technologies

No. 1–1 Nan Bian Rd.
Minhou Economic & Technology Development Zone
Fuzhou Fujian 350100
China
www.hi-tronics.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +1 86-13559351437
Fax: +1 86-0591-38265838

Holmarc Opto-Mechatronics

B.7, HMT Rd, Industrial Estate
P.O., Kalamassery, Kochi
Kerala 683503
India
www.holmarc.com
Tel.: +91 484 254 0075

InStockOptics

Svyturio g. 4–1
10210 Vilnius
Lithuania
instockoptics.com
Tel.: +370 65054 112

Intrinsic Crystal Technology, Inc.

Xihu Road #1
Economic Technology Zone
Qinhuangdao City 066000
China
www.intrinsiccrystal.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +86 0335 7526 181
Fax: +86 0335 7526 184

JG International

158 Haitong Road
Shanghai 200001
China
www.jg-intl.com
Tel.: +86 21432 0 1230
Fax: +86 21432 0 1234

Lambda Photonics Co., Ltd.

Add. No. 28, Wantang Road
Xihu District, Hangzhou City, 310013
China
www.lphotonics.com
Tel.: +86 571 8502 5818 ext. (0)
Fax: +86 571 8502 5907

Laser Components GmbH

Werner-von-Siemens-Straße 15
82140 Olching
Germany
www.lasercomponents.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +49 8142 2 86 40
Fax: +49 8142 28 64 11

Laserton Optic Co., Ltd.

C506, #1 Building
Pioneering Park for Overseas Chinese Scholars
No. 69 Huayang Road, Lixia District
Jinan, Shandong
China
www.laserton.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +1 206 497 8175

Layertec GmbH

Ernst-Abbe-Weg 1
99441 Mellingen
Germany
www.layertec.de
E-mail:
Tel.: +49 36453 74 40
Fax: +49 36453 7 44 40

LC-Tec

Tunavägen 281
781 73 Borlänge
Sweden
www.lc-tec.se
E-mail:
Tel.: +46 243 79 40 70

Leysop Ltd.

18 Repton Court
Repton Close
Basildon, Essex, SS13 1LN
United Kingdom
www.leysop.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +44 1268 52 2111
Fax: +44 1268 52 2111

Litech Optics Co., Ltd.

3F, No.4 Building
Cangshan Industrial Zone, Cangshan District
Fuzhou 350007
China
www.litechoptics.com
Tel.: +86 591 8800 1126
Fax: +86 591 8805 6936

Metrolux optische Messtechnik

Bertha-von-Suttner Strasse 5
37085 Göttingen
Germany
www.metrolux.de
Tel.: +49 551 79 76 70
Fax: +49 551 7 97 67 24

Miracrys LLC

ul Gazovskaya, 11, Suite. 72
603065, Nizhny Novgorod,
Russian Federation
www.miracrys.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +1 415 800 4380

MLOPTIC Corp.

398 Pugang St. Jiangning
Nanjing 211102
China
www.mloptic.com
Tel.: +86 25 8443 6288
Fax: +86 25 8443 3188

MOK Optics Co. Ltd.

Building 3, Qunsheng Baimajun
Taijiang District, Fuzhou
China
www.mokoptics.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +86 591 8860 2890

nortus Optronic GmbH

In den Niederwiesen 4a
76744 Wörth am Rhein
Germany
www.nortus-optronic.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +49 7271 12 99 00
Fax: +49 7271 1 29 90 19

OPTOMAN

Ukmerges g. 427
14185 Vilnius
Lithuania
www.optoman.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +370 67060 4 62

Orientir, Inc

B2, 199 Western Rd
High-Tech District Western Zone
Chengdu, Sichuan 611731
China
www.orient-ir.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +86 28 6634 8330
Fax: +86 28 8798 8682

Phoenix Photonics Ltd

Sarre Business Centre
Canterbury Road
Sarre, Birchington, Kent
United Kingdom
www.phoenixphotonics.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +44 1843 84 3709

Phosctech Photonics

No. 138, WuSi Road
Fuzhou 350003
China
www.phosctech.com
Tel.: +86 591 8784 6955
Fax: +86 591 8785 6157

Photonchina

15 Binzhou Road
Jinshan Industrial Park
Fuzhou
China
www.photonchinaa.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +86 591 8370 1479

Qioptiq Photonics GmbH & Co KG

Hans-Riedl-Str. 9
85622 Feldkirchen
Germany
www.qioptiq.com
Tel.: +49 89 2 55 45 80
Fax: +49 89 2 55 45 111

Rising Electro-Optics Ltd.

1st Floor, Bldg 24#, Jinshan Fuwan Industrial Park
No.869, Pan Yu Road
Fuzhou, Fujian 350002
China
www.rising-eo.com/en
Tel.: +86 591 8334 9016
Fax: +86 591 8330 0646

Sinoptix

Room 16 D, Yujia Mansion
No 168 PingWu Road
Shanghai 200052
China
sinoptix.net
E-mail:
Tel.: +86 216 2 4899 7612

Sirah Lasertechnik GmbH

Heinrich-Hertz-Str. 11
41516 Grevenbroich
Germany
www.sirah.com
Tel.: +49 2182 8 29 81 80
Fax: +49 2182 82 98 18 40

STANDA Ltd.

P. O. Box 377
03012 Vilnius
Lithuania
www.standa.lt
Tel.: +370 5 265 1474
Fax: +370 5 265 1483

Tempotec Optics Co., Ltd.

Bldg. 32 West, Juyuanzhou Industrial Park, 618 Jinshan street
Fuzhou, Fujian, 350002
China
www.tempotec.com
Tel.: +86 591 2837 9366
Fax: +86 591 2837 9336

Tianjin Tengteng Industrial and Trading Co., Ltd.

No. 85, Xihu Road
Nankai District, Tianjin City
China
www.oplentics-optics.com/en
E-mail:
Tel.: +86 15710 20 0841

ULO Optics Ltd.

Unit 2 Caxton Place
Caxton Way
Stevenage, Herts SG1 2UG
United Kingdom
www.ulooptics.com
Tel.: +44 1438 76 7500
Fax: +44 1438 76 7555

Ultra Photonics

No.758, Qi'an Road
Fuwan Industrial District
Fuzhou, Fujian, 350014
China
en.u-photonics.com
Tel.: +86 591 8358 9325
Fax: +86 591 8344 8303

U-Optics Technology, Inc.

#1–3 Bldg., Guang Lian Industrial Park
No. 2 Ke Chuang fifth Street
Tongzhou, Beijing 101111
China
www.u-optics.com
Tel.: +86 10 8770 6033
Fax: +86 10 8770 6022

Vision Lasertechnik für Forschung und Industrie GmbH

Lügensteinweg 27
30890 Göxe
Germany
www.vision-lasertechnik.de
Tel.: +49 5108 6 44 60

Wavelength Opto-Electronic (S) Pte Ltd

BLK 2 Bukit Batok St. 24, #06–01/03/09
Skytech Building
Singapore 659480
wavelength-oe.com
Tel.: +65 65649 624
Fax: +65 65643 862

Workshop of Photonics

UAB Altechna R&D
Mokslininku St. 6A
08412 Vilnius
Lithuania
www.wophotonics.com
E-mail:
Tel.: +370 5 2725738
Fax: +370 5 2151691

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