Imaging Components, Systems, and Processing

Measurement of birefringence using polarization phase-shifting Mach–Zehnder interferometer

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Santa Sircar, Kallol Bhattacharya

University of Calcutta, Department of Applied Optics and Photonics, JD-2, Sector III, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700098, India

Opt. Eng. 54(11), 113112 (Nov 30, 2015). doi:10.1117/1.OE.54.11.113112
History: Received June 22, 2015; Accepted October 20, 2015
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Abstract.  An interferometric method for quantitative evaluation of the magnitude and direction of birefringence of an arbitrarily oriented birefringent sample is developed and presented. The analysis shows that full-field analysis of a spatially varying birefringence is possible by suitably combining several interferogram frames obtained by varying the polarization parameters involved. The preliminary experimental result for a uniformly birefringent sample with a known direction of birefringence is presented.

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Santa Sircar and Kallol Bhattacharya
"Measurement of birefringence using polarization phase-shifting Mach–Zehnder interferometer", Opt. Eng. 54(11), 113112 (Nov 30, 2015). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.54.11.113112


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