Abstract

An intracavity polarimeter is described that is capable of measuring both weak birefringence and dichroism simultaneously. It uses, for the first time to our knowledge, polarization flips in a quasi-isotropic He–Ne laser. The laser operates at 3.39 μm. Calibration of the polarimeter is carried out by using the anisotropic properties of a tilted plate. As an illustration of the sensitivity, the diffractive anisotropy of an intracavity slit is measured.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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