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Parallelization of polarization state generation and detection for fast Mueller matrix polarimetry
Author(s): Santosh Tripathi; Kimani C. Toussaint
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Paper Abstract

Vector beams exhibit spatially inhomogeneous polarization. Here we show that this diversity of polarization in conjunction with specially designed optical setups can be used to parallelize the respective polarization state generation and detection processes in Mueller matrix polarimetry, which hitherto are done sequentially, limiting the speed with which samples can be characterized. Polarimetry based on these principles, that can extract twelve Mueller matrix elements from a single intensity image, is presented. Simulation results show that this form of polarimetry can be used to study a wide variety of samples such as magnetically active metamaterials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7672, Polarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing IX, 76720H (24 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.850270
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Santosh Tripathi, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Kimani C. Toussaint, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7672:
Polarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing IX
David B. Chenault; Dennis H. Goldstein, Editor(s)

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