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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 41, Iss. 19 — Jul. 1, 2002
  • pp: 3936–3940

Method for determining the optical axis and (n e , n o ) of a birefringent crystal

Der-Chin Su and Cheng-Chih Hsu  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 19, pp. 3936-3940 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.41.003936


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Abstract

There is a phase difference between s and p polarizations when a circularly polarized heterodyne light beam is reflected from a birefringent crystal. It can be measured accurately with a common-path heterodyne interferometric technique. We have derived an equation that describes the relationship between the phase differences and n e , n o , and α. Two groups of solutions for (n e , n o ) can be obtained from this equation by the phase measurements performed at three incident angles under moderate conditions. Each group consists of three pairs of solutions for (n e , n o ). Finally, by justifying with physical conditions, we obtained the correct solution for (n e , n o ). Azimuth angle α of the birefringent crystal optical axis can also be determined. And the feasibility of this method is demonstrated.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

History
Original Manuscript: June 22, 2001
Revised Manuscript: December 4, 2001
Published: July 1, 2002

Citation
Der-Chin Su and Cheng-Chih Hsu, "Method for determining the optical axis and (ne, no) of a birefringent crystal," Appl. Opt. 41, 3936-3940 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-41-19-3936

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