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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 22 — Aug. 1, 2006
  • pp: 5489–5496

Transmission imaging polarimetry for a linear birefringent medium using a carrier fringe method

Slawomir Drobczynski, Juan M. Bueno, Pablo Artal, and Henryk Kasprzak  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 22, pp. 5489-5496 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.45.005489


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Abstract

We present an imaging polarimeter in transmission mode that is based on a carrier frequency method and allows a spatially resolved polarimetric description of nondichroic linear birefringent media. The apparatus incorporates a generator of polarization states in the incoming pathway and a Wollaston prism and a linear polarizer as the analyzer unit. A series of two fringe pattern images of the birefringent sample under study, corresponding to two independent polarization states of the generator unit, were recorded. From these images and by using Fourier analysis, the 2D distribution of azimuth angle and retardation were calculated. Two alternative generator units were used: (i) a linear polarizer combined with a rotatory quarter-wave plate and (ii) a liquid-crystal variable retarder. A uniform quarter-wave plate at different orientations was measured with both generator units to demonstrate the effectiveness and the accuracy of the method. The mean absolute deviations were 1.8° and 4.1° for the azimuth and the retardation, respectively, with the first generator unit, and 2.9° and 4.4° for the second one. Moreover, some nonuniform birefringent samples presenting wider ranges of azimuth and retardation were also tested.

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OCIS Codes
(070.2590) Fourier optics and signal processing : ABCD transforms
(100.2650) Image processing : Fringe analysis
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

ToC Category:
Imaging Polarimeters

History
Original Manuscript: October 25, 2005
Revised Manuscript: April 4, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: April 19, 2006

Citation
Slawomir Drobczynski, Juan M. Bueno, Pablo Artal, and Henryk Kasprzak, "Transmission imaging polarimetry for a linear birefringent medium using a carrier fringe method," Appl. Opt. 45, 5489-5496 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-45-22-5489

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