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  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2007
  • pp: 2500–2508

Time-domain method for characterizing retardation plates with high sensitivity and resolution

Shaun M. Wilson, Vinod Vats, and Patrick H. Vaccaro  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 24, Issue 9, pp. 2500-2508 (2007)

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A time-domain technique for quantitatively measuring linear retardance with an unprecedented degree of accuracy is described both theoretically and experimentally. This novel approach builds upon the unique capabilities afforded by the pulsed ring-down paradigm, as augmented by the insertion of polarization-selective components into the light injection stage and signal detection train of a stable, high-finesse cavity that contains the optical component under investigation. Application to a quarter-waveplate of the compound zero-order design highlights the robust and versatile nature of the proposed scheme while simultaneously demonstrating the ability to resolve retardation imperfections with (one standard deviation) uncertainties of better than λ 10 6 .

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OCIS Codes
(120.2130) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(220.4840) Optical design and fabrication : Testing
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.2130) Physical optics : Ellipsometry and polarimetry

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: June 8, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: July 13, 2007
Published: August 31, 2007

Shaun M. Wilson, Vinod Vats, and Patrick H. Vaccaro, "Time-domain method for characterizing retardation plates with high sensitivity and resolution," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 2500-2508 (2007)

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