We present a digital holographic microscope that permits one to image polarization state. This technique results from the coupling of digital holographic microscopy and polarization digital holography. The interference between two orthogonally polarized reference waves and the wave transmitted by a microscopic sample, magnified by a microscope objective, is recorded on a CCD camera. The off-axis geometry permits one to reconstruct separately from this single hologram two wavefronts that are used to image the object-wave Jones vector. We applied this technique to image the birefringence of a bent fiber. To evaluate the precision of the phase-difference measurement, the birefringence induced by internal stress in an optical fiber is measured and compared to the birefringence profile captured by a standard method, which had been developed to obtain high-resolution birefringence profiles of optical fibers.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
(090.1760) Holography : Computer holography
(110.0180) Imaging systems : Microscopy
(110.2350) Imaging systems : Fiber optics imaging
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
Tristan Colomb, Florian Dürr, Etienne Cuche, Pierre Marquet, Hans G. Limberger, René-Paul Salathé, and Christian Depeursinge, "Polarization microscopy by use of digital holography: application to optical-fiber birefringence measurements," Appl. Opt. 44, 4461-4469 (2005)