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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 16 — Jun. 1, 2006
  • pp: 3733–3739

Optical activity measurement by use of a balanced detector optical heterodyne interferometer

Chien Chou, Hsiu-Ming Tsai, Kuan-Yung Liao, Li-Dek Chou, and Po-Hsiong Huang  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 16, pp. 3733-3739 (2006)

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What we believe to be a novel amplitude sensitive optical heterodyne polarimeter in which a Zeeman laser is associated with balanced detector detection was set up. The aim was to measure the optical activity of a quartz crystal with a Cornu depolarizer at high accuracy. The features of this novel polarimeter, which include the use of a two-frequency laser that ensures the accuracy of the measurement, are discussed. Furthermore, the detection sensitivity of the optical activity of a quartz crystal was measured as 8.5 × 10 10 . To our knowledge, this is the highest sensitivity obtained for optical activity measurement of a quartz crystal when the error of the measurement is also analyzed.

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

Original Manuscript: June 28, 2005
Revised Manuscript: September 12, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: September 20, 2005

Chien Chou, Hsiu-Ming Tsai, Kuan-Yung Liao, Li-Dek Chou, and Po-Hsiong Huang, "Optical activity measurement by use of a balanced detector optical heterodyne interferometer," Appl. Opt. 45, 3733-3739 (2006)

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