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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 25 — Sep. 1, 2010
  • pp: 4687–4699

Imaging linear polarimetry using a single ferroelectric liquid crystal modulator

Luc Gendre, Alban Foulonneau, and Laurent Bigué  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 25, pp. 4687-4699 (2010)

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In the field of polarimetry, ferroelectric liquid crystal cells are mostly used as bistable polarization rotators suitable to analyze crossed polarizations. This paper shows that, provided such a cell is used at its nominal wavelength and correctly driven, its behavior is close to that of a tunable half-wave plate, and it can be used with much benefit in lightweight imaging polarimetric setups. A partial Stokes polarimeter using a single digital video camera and a single ferroelectric liquid crystal modulator is designed and implemented for linear polarization analysis. Polarization azimuthal angle and degree of linear polarization are available at 150 frames per second with a good accuracy.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(160.2260) Materials : Ferroelectrics
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: March 29, 2010
Revised Manuscript: July 23, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: July 23, 2010
Published: August 24, 2010

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Luc Gendre, Alban Foulonneau, and Laurent Bigué, "Imaging linear polarimetry using a single ferroelectric liquid crystal modulator," Appl. Opt. 49, 4687-4699 (2010)

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