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A New Model Of A Photoelastic Modulator With Distributed Birefringence
Author(s): J. Badoz; M. P. Silverman; J. C. Canit
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Paper Abstract

The measurement of light polarisation is one of the principal means of investigating the interaction of light with matter. One of the most versatile and sensitive instruments for measuring light polarisation is the photoelastic modulator (PEM), a piezoelectrically-driven device with oscillating birefringence that phase-modulates the component of a transmitted electromagnetic wave along the modulation axis. Accompanied by synchronous (phase sensitive) detection, the PEM has figured prominently in a wide range of physical measurements such as circular dichroism, for which it was initially developed', optical rotary dispersion and Faraday rotation, polarimetry of astronomical objects, and strain-induced birefringence2,3,4, ellipsometry5.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1166, Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems II, (25 January 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.962919
Show Author Affiliations
J. Badoz, Laboratoire d'Optique Physique de l'E.S.P.C.I./CNRS (France)
M. P. Silverman, Hitachi Advanced Researh Laboratory (Japan)
J. C. Canit, C.N.A.M. (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1166:
Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems II
Russell A. Chipman, Editor(s)

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