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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 31 — Nov. 1, 2006
  • pp: 8006–8012

Full-field heterodyne polariscope with an image signal processing method for principal axis and phase retardation measurements

Yu-Lung Lo, Hung-Wei Chih, Cheng-Yen Yeh, and Tsung-Chih Yu  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 31, pp. 8006-8012 (2006)

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We develop a heterodyne polariscope for measuring the two-dimensional principal axis and phase retardation in a linear birefringence material using novel three-frame and two-frame integrating-bucket methods and a CCD. By using a complex programmable logic device to provide an external trigger to the CCD, integrating buckets with multiple frames are achieved. The advantages of the proposed three-frame and two-frame integrating-bucket methods include a simpler signal processing algorithm based on fewer frames and the elimination of flyback error caused by a sawtooth modulation signal at higher frequencies.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(120.4630) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical inspection
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry

Original Manuscript: March 3, 2006
Revised Manuscript: June 13, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: June 18, 2006

Yu-Lung Lo, Hung-Wei Chih, Cheng-Yen Yeh, and Tsung-Chih Yu, "Full-field heterodyne polariscope with an image signal processing method for principal axis and phase retardation measurements," Appl. Opt. 45, 8006-8012 (2006)

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