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Polarimeter with linear response for measuring optical activity in organic compounds
Author(s): Jorge L. Flores; Marcial Montoya; G. Garcia-Torales; Alejandro Gonzalez Alvarez
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Paper Abstract

A polarimeter designed for measuring small rotation angles on the polarization plane of light is described. The experimental device employs one fixed polarizer and a rotating analyzer. The system generates a periodical intensity signal, which is then Fourier analyzed. The coefficients of Fourier Transform contain information about rotation angles produced by organic compounds that exhibited optical activity. The experimental device can be used to determine the sugar concentration in agave juice.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 August 2005
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5875, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization VIII, 58750U (19 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.617975
Show Author Affiliations
Jorge L. Flores, Univ. of Guadalajara (Mexico)
Marcial Montoya, Univ. of Guadalajara (Mexico)
G. Garcia-Torales, Univ. of Guadalajara (Mexico)
Alejandro Gonzalez Alvarez, Univ. of Guadalajara (Mexico)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5875:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization VIII
Jose M. Sasian; R. John Koshel; Richard C. Juergens, Editor(s)

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