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Acrylic Quarter Wave, Half Wave, and Full Wave Plates

API quarter wave, half wave, and full wave plates are single layer polycarbonate films for great performance and clarity. A wave plate is a birefringent material that alters (retards) the polarization state or phase of light traveling through it.

Our wave retarders feature uniform birefringence, very low haze, good environmental stability and excellent wide-angle view performance. API can laminate quarter wave retarders in 560nm (140nm OPD) and half wave retarders in 560nm (280nm OPD) for increased durability and optical performance.

  • 1/4 wave and 1/2 wave plate films
  • High clarity
  • Uniform birefringence
  • Polycarbonate based films
  • Available as film or laminated between glass for increased durability
  • In-house laser & waterjet cutting for acrylic and glass laminates

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