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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 22 — Aug. 1, 2011
  • pp: 4347–4352

Simultaneous measurement of retardance and fast axis angle of a quarter-wave plate using one photoelastic modulator

Aijun Zeng, Fanyue Li, Linglin Zhu, and Huijie Huang  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 22, pp. 4347-4352 (2011)

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A method for simultaneous measurement of the retardance and the fast axis angle of quarter-wave plate using one photoelastic modulator is presented. A laser beam passes through a polarizer, a photoelastic modulator, the quarter-wave plate to be measured, and an analyzer to be detected. Before and after the quarter-wave plate is rotated 45 ° at any initial fast axis direction, two detection signals are obtained to resolve simultaneously the retardance and the fast axis angle. In experiments, a quarter-wave plate was measured with fast axis angles from 89 ° to 90 ° . The average and the standard deviation of the retardances at different fast axis directions are respectively 89.50 ° and 0.17 ° . The maximum measurement deviation of the fast axis angle is 0.5 ° . The usefulness of the method is verified.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: March 9, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 24, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 24, 2011
Published: July 22, 2011

Aijun Zeng, Fanyue Li, Linglin Zhu, and Huijie Huang, "Simultaneous measurement of retardance and fast axis angle of a quarter-wave plate using one photoelastic modulator," Appl. Opt. 50, 4347-4352 (2011)

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