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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 1989
  • pp: 476–478

Influence of the input state of polarization on interferometric and polarimetric measurements of birefringence

T. Tambosso and S. Donati  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 14, Issue 10, pp. 476-478 (1989)

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Using a general model to schematize polarimetric and interferometric measurements, we derive the dependence of the output signal on the input state of polarization. We show that in any birefringent medium, in addition to the eigenvectors that maximize the interferometric phase signal, there exist dual vectors that maximize the amplitude of the polarimetric signal. The dual vectors lie on the maximum circle normal to the eigenvector axis.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: June 10, 1988
Manuscript Accepted: February 24, 1989
Published: May 15, 1989

T. Tambosso and S. Donati, "Influence of the input state of polarization on interferometric and polarimetric measurements of birefringence," Opt. Lett. 14, 476-478 (1989)

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