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Optical polarization rotating technique for characterizing linear birefringence with full range
Author(s): Hui-Kang Teng; Kuo-Chen Lang; Chun-Chen Yen
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Paper Abstract

A simple interferometric scheme is presented to characterize the 2-D distribution of linear birefringence with full-range capability. Since the interference images are obtained with respect to different orientations of a linearly polarized incident laser beam, the measurement speed can be improved once the orientation adjustment is achieved electronically. In addition, the measurement is independent of a nonuniform distribution of laser intensity, which is demonstrated experimentally and briefly explained theoretically. Furthermore, the measurement of residual linear birefringence distribution is also demonstrated successfully and verified by error analysis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Opt. Eng. 44(12) 123602 doi: 10.1117/1.2148436
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 44, Issue 12
Show Author Affiliations
Hui-Kang Teng, Nan-Kai Institute of Technology (Taiwan)
Kuo-Chen Lang, Nan-Kai Institute of Technology (Taiwan)
Chun-Chen Yen, Nan-Kai Institute of Technology (Taiwan)

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