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  • Vol. 11, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1986
  • pp: 270–272

Mueller-matrix measurement using the four-detector photopolarimeter

R. M. A. Azzam  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 11, Issue 5, pp. 270-272 (1986)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.11.000270


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Abstract

A scheme for complete, accurate, and fast determination of the Mueller matrix M of elastic light scattering by a given sample is presented. The Stokes vector of the scattered radiation is virtually instantaneously measured using the recently described four-detector polarimeter (FDP) [Opt. Lett. 10, 309 (1985)] for various input polarizations generated by a fixed polarizer followed by a quarter-wave retarder (QWR) of adjustable fast-axis azimuth C. The output signal vector I of the FDP is recorded at four or more settings of C. If the periodic function I(C) is Fourier analyzed, a series of four terms is obtained whose coefficients determine M column by column. The QWR azimuth C can be changed manually, by a stepping or synchronous motor, or by Faraday-cell magneto-optical rotation, leading to various semiautomatic and fully automatic modes of operation with a range of speed to suit various applications.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: December 24, 1985
Manuscript Accepted: February 26, 1986
Published: May 1, 1986

Citation
R. M. A. Azzam, "Mueller-matrix measurement using the four-detector photopolarimeter," Opt. Lett. 11, 270-272 (1986)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-11-5-270

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