Display Settings:


Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Opt Express. 2003 Jun 30;11(13):1510-9.

Compact complete imaging polarimeter using birefringent wedge prisms.


This paper describes a method for the mapping of spatially distributed states-of-polarization of light with a simple and compact configuration. A tiny block of polarization-analyzing optics, consisting of four thin birefringent wedge prisms and a sheet analyzer, are incorporated into an imaging polarimeter, such that mesh-like multiple fringes are generated over a CCD image sensor of a video camera. Fourier analysis of the obtained fringes provides information for determining the two-dimensional distribution of the state-of-polarization. No mechanical or active elements for analyzing polarization are used, and all the parameters related to the spatially-dependent monochromatic Stokes parameters corresponding to azimuth and ellipticity angles can be determined from a single frame. The effectiveness of this method is demonstrated by a prototype incorporating calcite wedge prisms.

PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Icon for Optical Society of America
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk