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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 19 — Jul. 1, 2012
  • pp: 4403–4408

Iterative experimental method for generating eigenstates and principal states of polarization

Pierre Pellat-Finet  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 19, pp. 4403-4408 (2012)

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Eigenstates of a given elliptical birefringent are determined at 1.530 and 1.580 μm by generating sequences of polarization states that converge to the eigenstates. The principal states of polarization of the device for the two considered wavelengths are shown to be eigenstates of the succession of two birefringents at 1.530 and 1.580 μm; they are produced by applying the previous iterative process. Experimental results are compared to theoretical estimates.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: February 17, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 13, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 13, 2012
Published: June 27, 2012

Pierre Pellat-Finet, "Iterative experimental method for generating eigenstates and principal states of polarization," Appl. Opt. 51, 4403-4408 (2012)

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