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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 25 — Dec. 3, 2012
  • pp: 27348–27360

Longitudinal polarization periodicity of unpolarized light passing through a double wedge depolarizer

Juan Carlos G. de Sande, Massimo Santarsiero, Gemma Piquero, and Franco Gori  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 25, pp. 27348-27360 (2012)

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The polarization characteristics of unpolarized light passing through a double wedge depolarizer are studied. It is found that the degree of polarization of the radiation propagating after the depolarizer is uniform across transverse planes after the depolarizer, but it changes from one plane to another in a periodic way giving, at different distances, unpolarized, partially polarized, or even perfectly polarized light. An experiment is performed to confirm this result. Measured values of the Stokes parameters and of the degree of polarization are in complete agreement with the theoretical predictions.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(240.5440) Optics at surfaces : Polarization-selective devices

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: October 10, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 1, 2012
Published: November 20, 2012

Juan Carlos G. de Sande, Massimo Santarsiero, Gemma Piquero, and Franco Gori, "Longitudinal polarization periodicity of unpolarized light passing through a double wedge depolarizer," Opt. Express 20, 27348-27360 (2012)

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