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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2014
  • pp: 2656–2659

Single-shot spatially modulated Stokes polarimeter based on a GRIN lens

Jintao Chang, Nan Zeng, Honghui He, Yonghong He, and Hui Ma  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 9, pp. 2656-2659 (2014)

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A new polarimeter for the simultaneous measurement of all Stokes parameters in a single shot is presented. It consists of only a gradient index (GRIN) lens, a polarizer, an imaging lens, and a CCD, without mechanical movements, electrical signal modulation, or the division of amplitude components. This design takes advantage of the continuous spatial distributions of birefringence value and the fast axis direction of a GRIN lens and derives the state of polarization (SOP) of the incident beam from the characteristic patterns on the CCD images. Tests show that this polarimeter is very accurate even with low-resolution images. It is versatile and adapts to light sources of different wavelengths. It is also very stable, robust, low cost, and simple to use.

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OCIS Codes
(110.2760) Imaging systems : Gradient-index lenses
(120.2130) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(130.5440) Integrated optics : Polarization-selective devices

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: January 22, 2014
Revised Manuscript: February 25, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 26, 2014
Published: April 23, 2014

Jintao Chang, Nan Zeng, Honghui He, Yonghong He, and Hui Ma, "Single-shot spatially modulated Stokes polarimeter based on a GRIN lens," Opt. Lett. 39, 2656-2659 (2014)

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