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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

| OPTICS, IMAGE SCIENCE, AND VISION

  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2011
  • pp: 410–419

Complete polarization state generator with one variable retarder and its application for fast and sensitive measuring of two-dimensional birefringence distribution

Michael Shribak  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 28, Issue 3, pp. 410-419 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.28.000410


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Abstract

The complete polarization state generator (PSG), which consists of one rotatable polarizer and one variable retarder with a quarter-wave plate, is introduced. The orientation angle of its output polarization ellipse equals half of the retardance of the variable retarder, and the ellipticity angle corresponds to the polarizer azimuth. The PSG is employed in the quantitative orientation-independent differential polarization microscope, which uses polarized light states with the same ellipticity and different orientation angles. Image processing algorithms using three or four frames are described.

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OCIS Codes
(170.3010) Medical optics and biotechnology : Image reconstruction techniques
(180.0180) Microscopy : Microscopy
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.2130) Physical optics : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 22, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 30, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 5, 2011
Published: February 25, 2011

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Citation
Michael Shribak, "Complete polarization state generator with one variable retarder and its application for fast and sensitive measuring of two-dimensional birefringence distribution," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 28, 410-419 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-28-3-410

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