We describe a new setup for a snapshot Mueller matrix polarimeter (SMMP). It relies on the separation and orthogonal polarization of two light beams by a Wollaston prism located at the setup output. The simultaneous treatment of the two spectra allows an enhancement of accuracy for real-time measurements through reduction of the effects caused by random noise and systematic errors. Moreover, it gives insight into the nonuniform spectral response of the medium under study. Experimental results support the feasibility of the proposed technique.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: August 14, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 6, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 2, 2009
Published: November 16, 2009
Matthieu Dubreuil, Sylvain Rivet, Bernard Le Jeune, and Jack Cariou, "Two-channel snapshot Mueller matrix polarimeter," Appl. Opt. 48, 6501-6505 (2009)