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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 53, Iss. 24 — Aug. 20, 2014
  • pp: 5275–5282

Full-Stokes Fourier-transform imaging spectropolarimeter using a time-division polarization modulator

Xin Meng, Jianxin Li, Huaqing Song, and Rihong Zhu  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 53, Issue 24, pp. 5275-5282 (2014)

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A Fourier-transform imaging spectropolarimeter is presented and demonstrated. It is composed of a time-division polarization modulator and a high radiation throughput Fourier-transform spectrometer. Four polarization states of the input light are generated by rotating the retarder. Then, the polarized light enters the Fourier-transform spectrometer to create four sets of interferometric images, where we can recover four polarization spectra and calculate the full-Stokes vector in various wavenumber frequency. The method has good performance to resist instrument noise and has the advantage of high spatial resolution. The laboratory setup is described and the noise source is analyzed. Two proven experiments have been carried out in visible light.

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OCIS Codes
(120.6200) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Spectrometers and spectroscopic instrumentation
(170.0110) Medical optics and biotechnology : Imaging systems
(300.6300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, Fourier transforms
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: April 4, 2014
Revised Manuscript: July 1, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: July 14, 2014
Published: August 12, 2014

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Xin Meng, Jianxin Li, Huaqing Song, and Rihong Zhu, "Full-Stokes Fourier-transform imaging spectropolarimeter using a time-division polarization modulator," Appl. Opt. 53, 5275-5282 (2014)

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