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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 3 — Jan. 20, 2007
  • pp: 292–294

Parallel-slab polarizing beam splitter and photopolarimeter

R. M. A. Azzam  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 3, pp. 292-294 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.46.000292


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Abstract

A dielectric-slab polarizing beam splitter (PBS) is described that generates two parallel beams of orthogonal p and s linear polarizations in reflection and functions as a diattenuator in transmission. The plane-parallel slab, which is set at Brewster's angle, is uncoated on one side and has an s-polarization antireflection coating ( s - ARC ) on the other side. Analytical results are presented for a PBS that uses a high-index slab coated with a low-index single-layer s - ARC , which is particularly suited for the IR. A novel multistage photopolarimeter that uses two such PBSs in series is described as being capable of sequential and simultaneous measurement of all four Stokes parameters of light.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2130) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(230.1360) Optical devices : Beam splitters
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(240.0310) Optics at surfaces : Thin films

ToC Category:
Polarimetry

History
Original Manuscript: August 4, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: September 12, 2006
Published: January 4, 2007

Citation
R. M. A. Azzam, "Parallel-slab polarizing beam splitter and photopolarimeter," Appl. Opt. 46, 292-294 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-46-3-292


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