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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 7 — Mar. 1, 2007
  • pp: 1040–1049

Polarization-holographic gratings for analysis of light. 1. Analysis of completely polarized light

Barbara Kilosanidze and George Kakauridze  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 7, pp. 1040-1049 (2007)

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We consider the possibility of a complete real-time analysis of the polarization state of light using two types of polarization-holographic grating that decompose the light analyzed into orthogonal circular and orthogonal linear bases. It is shown that it is possible to determine the ellipticity, the direction of rotation, and the azimuth of the polarization ellipse of light by the measurement of the intensity of the diffraction orders by the obtained formulas. The possibility of creating gratings that give an orthogonal linear basis on actual polarization-sensitive materials is shown. A comparison of the experimental results with the theory is given.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(090.2890) Holography : Holographic optical elements
(090.2900) Holography : Optical storage materials
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices

Original Manuscript: June 22, 2006
Revised Manuscript: October 13, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 27, 2006
Published: February 12, 2007

Barbara Kilosanidze and George Kakauridze, "Polarization-holographic gratings for analysis of light. 1. Analysis of completely polarized light," Appl. Opt. 46, 1040-1049 (2007)

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