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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

| OPTICAL PHYSICS

  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2007
  • pp: 609–614

Optimization of a dual-rotating-retarder polarimeter designed for hyper-Rayleigh scattering

Paul Lemaillet, Fabrice Pellen, Sylvain Rivet, Bernard Le Jeune, and Jack Cariou  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 24, Issue 3, pp. 609-614 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.24.000609


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Abstract

Hyper-Rayleigh scattering is frequently used to determine all of the rotational invariants of the first hyperpolarizability tensor. It requires numerous polarization states of both incident and scattered light and thus justifies the use of a dual-rotating-retarder polarimeter. We optimized our experimental setup by reducing the condition number of the polarization processing matrix. Our numerical study showed that, on condition to make six measurements, the choice of the detector angle and of the angular steps of both retarders was paramount. Overspecifying the calculation through a much higher number of measurements allowed us to make broad optimal detector angles and retarder angular steps available. Numerical simulations are presented to optimize our experimental setup.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(290.5840) Scattering : Scattering, molecules

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 14, 2006
Revised Manuscript: October 6, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 25, 2006
Published: February 15, 2007

Citation
Paul Lemaillet, Fabrice Pellen, Sylvain Rivet, Bernard Le Jeune, and Jack Cariou, "Optimization of a dual-rotating-retarder polarimeter designed for hyper-Rayleigh scattering," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 609-614 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-24-3-609

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