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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 7 — Apr. 7, 2014
  • pp: 8024–8034

Patterned dual-layer achromatic micro-quarter-wave-retarder array for active polarization imaging

Xiaojin Zhao, Xiaofang Pan, Xiaolei Fan, Ping Xu, Amine Bermak, and Vladimir G. Chigrinov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 7, pp. 8024-8034 (2014)

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In this paper, we present a liquid-crystal-polymer (LCP)-based dual-layer micro-quarter-wave-retarder (MQWR) array for active polarization image sensors. The proposed MQWRs, for the first time, enable the extraction of the incident light’s circularly polarized components in the whole visible regime, which correspond to the fourth parameter of Stokes vector. Compared with the previous implementations, our proposed MQWRs feature high achromaticity, making their applications no longer limited to monochromatic illumination. In addition, the presented thin structure exhibits an overall thickness of 2.43μm, leading to greatly alleviated optical cross-talk between adjacent photo-sensing pixels. Moreover, the reported superior optical performance (e.g. minor transmittance, extinction ratio) validates our optical design and optimization of the proposed MQWRs. Furthermore, the demonstrated simple fabrication recipe offers a cost-effective solution for the monolithic integration between the proposed MQWR array and the commercial solid-state image sensors, which makes the multi-spectral full Stokes polarization imaging system on a single chip feasible.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: February 6, 2014
Revised Manuscript: March 19, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 19, 2014
Published: March 28, 2014

Xiaojin Zhao, Xiaofang Pan, Xiaolei Fan, Ping Xu, Amine Bermak, and Vladimir G. Chigrinov, "Patterned dual-layer achromatic micro-quarter-wave-retarder array for active polarization imaging," Opt. Express 22, 8024-8034 (2014)

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