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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2010
  • pp: 1946–1952

Polarization change induced by a galvanometric optical scanner

Gabriele Anzolin, Arnaud Gardelein, Marc Jofre, Gabriel Molina-Terriza, and Morgan W. Mitchell  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 27, Issue 9, pp. 1946-1952 (2010)

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We study the optical properties of a two-axis galvanometric optical scanner constituted by a pair of rotating planar mirrors, focusing our attention on the transformation induced on the polarization state of the input beam. We obtain the matrix that defines the transformation of the propagation direction of the beam and the Jones matrix that defines the transformation of the polarization state. Both matrices are expressed in terms of the rotation angles of two mirrors. Finally, we calculate the parameters of the general rotation in the Poincaré sphere that describes the change in the polarization state for each mutual orientation of the mirrors.

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OCIS Codes
(000.1600) General : Classical and quantum physics
(120.5700) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Reflection
(200.4860) Optics in computing : Optical vector-matrix systems
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: March 19, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 28, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: July 15, 2010
Published: August 10, 2010

Gabriele Anzolin, Arnaud Gardelein, Marc Jofre, Gabriel Molina-Terriza, and Morgan W. Mitchell, "Polarization change induced by a galvanometric optical scanner," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27, 1946-1952 (2010)

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