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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2003
  • pp: 616–618

Optimized Mueller polarimeter with liquid crystals

Antonello De Martino, Yong-Ki Kim, Enric Garcia-Caurel, Blandine Laude, and Bernard Drévillon  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 8, pp. 616-618 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.28.000616


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Abstract

We demonstrate a Mueller polarimeter in which the polarization-state generator and analyzer are both composed of a linear polarizer and two liquid-crystal variable retarders. The polarimeter is designed to optimize the accuracy of the final results by minimization of the condition numbers of the modulation and analysis matrices. The polarimeter calibration, a difficult task by conventional procedures, is achieved easily by use of the eigenvalue method of Compain et al. [Appl. Opt. 38, 3490 (1999)]. The overall polarimeter performance is tested with a linear polarizer at various angles and a compensator at various retardations.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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Antonello De Martino, Yong-Ki Kim, Enric Garcia-Caurel, Blandine Laude, and Bernard Drévillon, "Optimized Mueller polarimeter with liquid crystals," Opt. Lett. 28, 616-618 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-28-8-616


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