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Title: Achromatic Wollaston prism beam splitter using polarization gratings

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Optics Letters
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Journal Volume: 41; Journal Issue: 19; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2016-09-19 16:41:59; Journal ID: ISSN 0146-9592
Optical Society of America
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United States

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Kudenov, Michael W., Miskiewicz, Matthew, Sanders, Nathan, and Escuti, Michael J. Achromatic Wollaston prism beam splitter using polarization gratings. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1364/OL.41.004461.
Kudenov, Michael W., Miskiewicz, Matthew, Sanders, Nathan, & Escuti, Michael J. Achromatic Wollaston prism beam splitter using polarization gratings. United States. doi:10.1364/OL.41.004461.
Kudenov, Michael W., Miskiewicz, Matthew, Sanders, Nathan, and Escuti, Michael J. 2016. "Achromatic Wollaston prism beam splitter using polarization gratings". United States. doi:10.1364/OL.41.004461.
title = {Achromatic Wollaston prism beam splitter using polarization gratings},
author = {Kudenov, Michael W. and Miskiewicz, Matthew and Sanders, Nathan and Escuti, Michael J.},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1364/OL.41.004461},
journal = {Optics Letters},
number = 19,
volume = 41,
place = {United States},
year = 2016,
month = 9

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