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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 20 — Jul. 10, 2012
  • pp: 4798–4802

Compensation of rotation effect in a combination of retarders

Arijit Saha, Kallol Bhattacharya, and Ajoy Kumar Chakraborty  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 20, pp. 4798-4802 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.51.004798


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Abstract

In a cascaded system comprising a combination of oblique retarders, the effect of optical rotation is observed in addition to the overall retardation. This shows that the combined system does not behave as a pure oblique retarder. Analyzing such a general system using Pauli Spin matrices, it is shown that the effect of optical rotation may be completely annulled through the use of a suitably oriented retarder at the output of the cascaded system. The analysis assumes monochromaticity of the illuminating light beam.

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OCIS Codes
(120.4820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical systems
(220.4830) Optical design and fabrication : Systems design
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: April 3, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 27, 2012
Published: July 9, 2012

Citation
Arijit Saha, Kallol Bhattacharya, and Ajoy Kumar Chakraborty, "Compensation of rotation effect in a combination of retarders," Appl. Opt. 51, 4798-4802 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-51-20-4798


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