Abstract

Polarization analyzers are an essential measuring tool to improve the characteristics of optical components and optimize them with respect to a useful application in optical networks. We describe an instrument of this kind, which consists of two crossed birefringent wedges and acts as a continuous structured polarizer for all the states of polarization of light. We analyze this device theoretically by using the Poincaré-sphere and the Jones-matrix method and verify our results in a number of experiments with quartz wedges and red filtered light. Different realizations of this instrument are discussed, and an application as a beam splitter for all the states of polarization is proposed.

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