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  • Vol. 30, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2005
  • pp: 655–657

Two-photon fourth-order polarimetery

Paul S. Westbrook, Stephan Wielandy, and Michael Fishteyn

Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 6, pp. 655-657 (2005)

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We demonstrate a fourth-order polarimeter that employs two-photon detection to measure the fourth-order polarization coherency matrix (FOCM) of an optical signal. We measure the FOCM of picosecond pulses subjected to polarization mode dispersion (PMD). The fourth-order polarimeter distinguishes different PMD states even when the state of polarization, including the degree of polarization, is constant.

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(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

Paul S. Westbrook, Stephan Wielandy, and Michael Fishteyn, "Two-photon fourth-order polarimetery," Opt. Lett. 30, 655-657 (2005)

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