A polarimetric experimental method was developed to determine the Jones matrix elements of transparent optical materials without sign ambiguity. A set of polarization dependent transmittance data of the samples was measured with polarizer - sample - analyzer system and another set of data was measured with polarizer - sample - quarter-wave plate - analyzer. Two data sets were compared and mathematically analyzed to obtain the correct signs of the elements of the matrix. The Jones matrix elements of a quarter-wave plate were determined to check the validity of the method. The experimentally obtained matrix elements of the quarter-wave plate were consistent with the theoretical expectations. The same method was applied to obtain the Jones matrix elements of a twisted nematic liquid crystal panel.
© 2012 Optical Society of Korea
Original Manuscript: April 24, 2012
Revised Manuscript: August 17, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: August 20, 2012
Published: December 25, 2012
Tsogvoo Khos-Ochir, Purevdorj Munkhbaatar, Byung Kwan Yang, Hyun Woo Kim, Jin Seung Kim, and Myung-Whun Kim, "Polarimetric Measurement of Jones Matrix of a Twisted Nematic Liquid Crystal Spatial Light Modulator," J. Opt. Soc. Korea 16, 443-448 (2012)
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