Right circularly polarized light is incident on a half wave plate
Dec 08, 2016 Answer Wiki. A plane polarized light falling on a quarter wave plate (QWP) oriented at 45 degrees to optical axis, the light emerging from the QWP is circularly polarized light. This is right circularly porpoised light ( positive). If the plane polarized light falls on a half wave plate (HWP) oriented at 45 degrees with optical axis,A half wave plate will flip the handedness of CP light (left right, or right left). Similarly, upon reflection from a mirror, CP handedness will also flip. So, if we imagine R incidence, if a half wave plate right circularly polarized light is incident on a half wave plate
I'm trying to understand what happens to the intensity and polarization of light that passes through a quarterwave plate. I believe I know what happens when unpolarized light and linearly polarized light pass through. However, I'm not sure what happens when circularly polarized light passes through.