Measurement of circular and linear birefringence with rotating-wave-plate stokes polarimeter

Jing Fung Lin, Chun Jen Weng, Yu Lung Lo

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Abstract

In this study, a new technique is proposed for measuring the principal axis angle, retardance and rotation angle of optical samples. A rotating-wave-plate Stokes Polarimeter is used to extract the 2x2 central elements of the Mueller matrix of the sample via two probe lights linearly polarized at angles of 0 and 45 degrees, respectively. The validity of the method is demonstrated using a half-wave plate positioned in series with a quarter-wave plate, the measured values of the principal angle and retardance of the quarter-wave plate are found to have average normalized errors of 0.56 % and 1.16 % respectively, while the measured rotation angle of the half-wave plate has an error of just 0.39 %. When analyzing glucose solutions with concentrations ranging from 0 to 1.2 g/dl positioned in front of a half-wave plate, the average normalized errors in the principal axis angle and retardance measurements of the half-wave plate are 0.69 % and 2.65 % respectively, while the error in the rotation angle measurement of the glucose solutions is 2.13 %. Overall, the uncertainty analysis for the rotation angle measurement is simulated and experimental results demonstrate the ability of the proposed system to accurately measure the circular and linear birefringence.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociety for Experimental Mechanics - SEM Annual Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics 2009
Pages1448-1455
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1
EventSEM Annual Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics 2009 - Albuquerque, NM, United States
Duration: 2009 Jun 12009 Jun 4

Publication series

NameSociety for Experimental Mechanics - SEM Annual Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics 2009
Volume3

Other

OtherSEM Annual Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics 2009
CountryUnited States
CityAlbuquerque, NM
Period09-06-0109-06-04

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics

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Lin, J. F., Weng, C. J., & Lo, Y. L. (2009). Measurement of circular and linear birefringence with rotating-wave-plate stokes polarimeter. In Society for Experimental Mechanics - SEM Annual Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics 2009 (pp. 1448-1455). (Society for Experimental Mechanics - SEM Annual Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics 2009; Vol. 3).