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  • Vol. 15, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 1998
  • pp: 2404–2411

Interference blots and fringe dislocations in optics of twisted birefringent media

H. Aben and L. Ainola  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 15, Issue 9, pp. 2404-2411 (1998)

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The appearance of interference blots and of the dislocation of interference fringes is studied by means of modeling an arbitrary inhomogeneous birefringent medium with rotating principal optical axes by a system of two birefringent plates. A theoretical explanation of these irregularities is given. Conditions for the appearance of interference blots and fringe dislocations are derived. A method of classification of singular points in the fringe patterns is presented.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

Original Manuscript: February 24, 1998
Manuscript Accepted: April 21, 1998
Published: September 1, 1998

H. Aben and L. Ainola, "Interference blots and fringe dislocations in optics of twisted birefringent media," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 15, 2404-2411 (1998)

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