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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

| OPTICS, IMAGE SCIENCE, AND VISION

  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1256–1260

Polarization analyzer for all the states of polarization of light using a structured polarizer

Laure Kaiser, Erna Frins, Bernhard Hils, Leonid Beresnev, Wolfgang Dultz, and Heidrun Schmitzer  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 30, Issue 6, pp. 1256-1260 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.30.001256


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Abstract

Polarization analyzers are an essential measuring tool to improve the characteristics of optical components and optimize them with respect to a useful application in optical networks. We describe an instrument of this kind, which consists of two crossed birefringent wedges and acts as a continuous structured polarizer for all the states of polarization of light. We analyze this device theoretically by using the Poincaré-sphere and the Jones-matrix method and verify our results in a number of experiments with quartz wedges and red filtered light. Different realizations of this instrument are discussed, and an application as a beam splitter for all the states of polarization is proposed.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: February 14, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 23, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 24, 2013
Published: May 28, 2013

Citation
Laure Kaiser, Erna Frins, Bernhard Hils, Leonid Beresnev, Wolfgang Dultz, and Heidrun Schmitzer, "Polarization analyzer for all the states of polarization of light using a structured polarizer," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 30, 1256-1260 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-30-6-1256

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