OSA's Digital Library

Optics Express

Optics Express

  • 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)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (432 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



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

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

Kazuhiko Oka and Toshiaki Kaneko, "Compact complete imaging polarimeter using birefringent wedge prisms," Opt. Express 11, 1510-1519 (2003)

Sort:  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. J.F.S.Gomes, �??Photoelasticity�?? in Optical Metrology ed. by O. D. D. Soares, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Dordrecht, 1987.
  2. Y.Otani, T.Shimada, T.Yoshizawa, and N.Umeda,�??Two-dimensional Birefringence Measurement using the Phase Shifting Technique,�?? Opt. Eng. 33, 1604�??1609 (1994). [CrossRef]
  3. D. Miyazaki, M. Saito, Y. Sato, and K. Ikeuchi, �??Determining surface orientations of transparent objects based on polarization degrees in visible and infrared wavelengths,�?? J. Opt. Soc. Am. A , 19, 687�??694 (2002). [CrossRef]
  4. D. J. Sanchez, S. A. Gregory, S. Storm, T. E. Payne, C. K. Davis, �??Photopolarimetric Measurements of Geosynchronous Satellites,�?? in Multifrequency Electronic/Photonic Devices and Systems for Dual-Use Applications, Proc. SPIE 4490, 221�??236(2001). [CrossRef]
  5. G. P. Nordin, J. T. Meier, P. C. Deguzman, and M. W. Jones, �??Micropolarizer array for infrared imaging polarimetry,�?? J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 16, 1168�??1174 (1999). [CrossRef]
  6. H. Kikuta, K. Numata, H. Arimitsu, K. Iwata, and N. Kato, �??Imaging polarimetry with an micro-retarder array,�?? in Proceedings of the SICE Annual Conference 2002, (Society of Instrument and Control Engineers, Tokyo, 2002), pp. 2583�??2584.
  7. K. Oka, J. Ikeda, and Y. Ohtsuka, �??Novel polarimetric technique exploring spatiotemporal birefringent response of an anti-ferroelectric liquid crystal cell,�?? J. Mod. Opt. 40, 1713�??1723 (1993). [CrossRef]
  8. K. Oka and Y. Ohtsuka, �??Polarimetry for spatiotemporal photoelastic analysis,�?? Exp. Mech. 33, 44�??48 (1993). [CrossRef]
  9. Y. Ohtsuka and K. Oka, �??Contour mapping of the spatiotemporal state of polarization of light,�?? Appl. Opt. 33, 2633�??2636 (1994). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  10. T. Colomb, P. Dahlgren, D. Beghuin, E. Cuche, P. Marquet, and C. Depeursinge, �??Polarization Imaging by Use of Digital Holography,�?? Appl. Opt. 41, 27�??37 (2002). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  11. N. Saito and K. Oka, �??Two-dimensional measurement of polarization using spatial carrier,�?? in Extended Abstracts of the 47th Spring Meeting of the Japan Society of Applied Physics and Related Societies (Japan Society of Applied Physics, Tokyo, 2000), p. 1101 (in Japanese).
  12. N. Saito and K. Oka, �??Spatiotemporal polarimeter using spatial carrier fringes,�?? in Proceedings of the Optics Japan 2000, (Optical Society of Japan, Tokyo, 2000), p. 345�??346 (in Japanese).
  13. T. Kaneko and K. Oka, �??Two-Dimensional Mapping of Polarization Using Birefringent Wedges,�?? in Extended Abstracts of the 49th Spring Meeting of the Japan Society of Applied Physics and Related Societies, (Japan Society of Applied Physics, Tokyo, 2002), p. 977 (in Japanese).
  14. K. Oka and T. Kaneko, �??Polarization Mapping Using Birefringent Prism,�?? in Proceedings of the SICE Annual Conference 2002 (Society of Instrument and Control Engineers, Tokyo, 2002), pp. 2581�??2582.
  15. K. Oka and T. Kato, �??Spectroscopic polarimetry with a channeled spectrum,�?? Opt. Lett. 24, 1475�??1477 (1999). [CrossRef]
  16. R. M. A. Azzam and N. M. Bashara, Ellipsometry and Polarized Light (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1988) p 51.
  17. T. Tsuruta, Applied Optics II, Sec.5.1, (Baifukan, Tokyo, 1990).

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited