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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 9 — Apr. 26, 2010
  • pp: 9133–9150

Characterization on five effective parameters of anisotropic optical material using Stokes parameters-Demonstration by a fiber-type polarimeter

Yu-Lung Lo, Thi-Thu-Hien Pham, and Po-Chun Chen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 9, pp. 9133-9150 (2010)

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An analytical technique based on the Mueller matrix method and the Stokes parameters is proposed for extracting five effective parameters on the principal axis angle, phase retardance, diattenuation axis angle, diattenuation and optical rotation angle of anisotropic optical materials. The linear birefringence (LB) / circular birefringence (CB) properties and linear diattenuation (LD) properties are decoupled within the analytical model. The analytical method is then integrated with a genetic algorithm to extract the optical properties of samples with linear birefringence property using a fiber-based polarimeter. The result demonstrates the feasibility of analytical model in characterizing five effective parameters of anisotropic optical material. Also, it confirms that the proposed fiber-based polarimeter provides a simple alternative to existing fiber-based probes for parameter measurement in the near field or the remote environment. A low birefringence fiber-based polarimeter based on effective parameters and genetic algorithm without using a fiber polarization controller is first proposed confirmatively.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties

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Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: January 20, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 29, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 6, 2010
Published: April 16, 2010

Yu-Lung Lo, Thi-Thu-Hien Pham, and Po-Chun Chen, "Characterization on five effective parameters of anisotropic optical material using Stokes parameters—Demonstration by a fiber-type polarimeter," Opt. Express 18, 9133-9150 (2010)

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