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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 21 — Jul. 20, 2006
  • pp: 5107–5117

Interferometric polarization control

David T. Chuss, Edward J. Wollack, S. Harvey Moseley, and Giles Novak  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 21, pp. 5107-5117 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.45.005107


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Abstract

We develop the Jones and Mueller matrices for structures that allow control of the path length difference between two linear orthogonal polarizations and consider the effect of placing multiple devices in series. Specifically, we find that full polarization modulation (measurement of Stokes Q, U, and V) can be achieved by placing two such modulators in series if the relative angles of the beam-splitting grids with respect to the analyzer orientation are appropriately chosen. Such a device has several potential advantages over a spinning wave plate modulator for measuring astronomical polarization in the far infrared through millimeter: (i) The use of small, linear motions eliminates the need for cryogenic rotational bearings; (ii) the phase flexibility allows measurement of circular as well as linear polarization; and (iii) this architecture allows for both multiwavelength and broadband modulation. We also present initial laboratory results.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Polarimetry

History
Original Manuscript: October 11, 2005
Revised Manuscript: January 5, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: January 25, 2006

Citation
David T. Chuss, Edward J. Wollack, S. Harvey Moseley, and Giles Novak, "Interferometric polarization control," Appl. Opt. 45, 5107-5117 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-45-21-5107

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