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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 14 — Jul. 7, 2008
  • pp: 10471–10479

Compact spatial polariscope for light polarization state analysis

Władysław A. Woźniak and Piotr Kurzynowski  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 14, pp. 10471-10479 (2008)

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A new setup established to measure the light polarization state and the birefringent media parameters is proposed. The described setup consists of two pairs of the linear Wollaston compensators and circular compensators which form a set of two spatially modulated elliptical compensators. These compensators could be used separately as a spatial generator of polarization states and as an analyzer. Using them together allows us to establish a polariscopic setup in which the birefringent media parameters could be measured. When analyzing both the light polarization state and the birefringent media parameters the singular points in the output light intensity appear. The coordinates of these points depend linearly on the azimuth and ellipticity angles of the examined light or on the eigenvectors of the birefringent medium, while the measured light maximum value corresponds to the phase shift for the measurements of the birefringent medium parameters. Neither movable parts nor active elements are needed and no complicated analysis of output light should be made to calculate the desired quantities.

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OCIS Codes
(120.4570) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical design of instruments
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: May 9, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 13, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 14, 2008
Published: June 27, 2008

Wladyslaw A. Wozniak and Piotr Kurzynowski, "Compact spatial polariscope for light polarization state analysis," Opt. Express 16, 10471-10479 (2008)

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