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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2004
  • pp: 2244–2249

Interferometric imaging polarimeter

Mircea Mujat, Erwan Baleine, and Aristide Dogariu  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 21, Issue 11, pp. 2244-2249 (2004)

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We describe a new imaging polarimeter that is based on a modified Sagnac interferometer and allows full polarimetric description of complex random electromagnetic beams from only two images as compared with the four images needed in conventional polarimetry. The procedure is analyzed in terms of the interference laws of Fresnel and Arago, and very good agreement with standard Stokes polarimetry is demonstrated. In certain cases the new technique provides the degree of polarization and the retardance from only one image.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry

Original Manuscript: March 4, 2004
Revised Manuscript: June 2, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: June 2, 2004
Published: November 1, 2004

Mircea Mujat, Erwan Baleine, and Aristide Dogariu, "Interferometric imaging polarimeter," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 21, 2244-2249 (2004)

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