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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 13 — Jun. 30, 2003
  • pp: 1510–1519

Compact complete imaging polarimeter using birefringent wedge prisms

Kazuhiko Oka and Toshiaki Kaneko  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 13, pp. 1510-1519 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.11.001510


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Abstract

This paper describes a method for the mapping of spatially-distributed states-of-polarization of light with a simple and compact configuration. A tiny block of polarization-analyzing optics, consisting of four thin birefringent wedge prisms and a sheet analyzer, are incorporated into an imaging polarimeter, such that mesh-like multiple fringes are generated over a CCD image sensor of a video camera. Fourier analysis of the obtained fringes provides information for determining the two-dimensional distribution of the state-of-polarization. No mechanical or active elements for analyzing polarization are used, and all the parameters related to the spatially-dependent monochromatic Stokes parameters corresponding to azimuth and ellipticity angles can be determined from a single frame. The effectiveness of this method is demonstrated by a prototype incorporating calcite wedge prisms.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.2130) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Research Papers

History
Original Manuscript: June 3, 2003
Revised Manuscript: June 20, 2003
Published: June 30, 2003

Citation
Kazuhiko Oka and Toshiaki Kaneko, "Compact complete imaging polarimeter using birefringent wedge prisms," Opt. Express 11, 1510-1519 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-11-13-1510


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