Abstract

The statistical polarization properties of speckle patterns are used to develop a method for measuring birefringence inherent in a speckle producing process. A formula is derived for the mean value of the second Stokes parameter as a function of the birefringence and of the angular orientation of the linear retarder. Measurements have been successfully performed to determine the induced birefringence in a fiber coil.

© 1985 Optical Society of America

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