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  • Vol. 33, Iss. 7 — Mar. 1, 1994
  • pp: 1245–1247

Visualization of polarized light with simultaneous suppression of unpolarized beams

D. M. Alperin, E. E. Paolini, and D. M. A. Guérin  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 33, Issue 7, pp. 1245-1247 (1994)

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Combining a rotating polarizer with an image-processing technique permits the visual identification of the linearly polarized beams present in a field of view. The resulting images show the polarizations in a scene, regardless of the orientation of their electric-field vectors, with simultaneous suppression of unpolarized light.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: July 7, 1993
Revised Manuscript: November 3, 1993
Published: March 1, 1994

D. M. Alperin, E. E. Paolini, and D. M. A. Guérin, "Visualization of polarized light with simultaneous suppression of unpolarized beams," Appl. Opt. 33, 1245-1247 (1994)

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