In a cascaded system comprising a combination of oblique retarders, the effect of optical rotation is observed in addition to the overall retardation. This shows that the combined system does not behave as a pure oblique retarder. Analyzing such a general system using Pauli Spin matrices, it is shown that the effect of optical rotation may be completely annulled through the use of a suitably oriented retarder at the output of the cascaded system. The analysis assumes monochromaticity of the illuminating light beam.
© 2012 Optical Society of America
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology
Original Manuscript: April 3, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 27, 2012
Published: July 9, 2012
Arijit Saha, Kallol Bhattacharya, and Ajoy Kumar Chakraborty, "Compensation of rotation effect in a combination of retarders," Appl. Opt. 51, 4798-4802 (2012)