Abstract

This paper discusses the design of a compact pulsed Stokes polarimeter with a linear series of Brewster plates as polarizers. A technique for tuning and calibrating the polarimeter is described. The error in measuring the azimuth (about 1°), ellipticity (almost 10%), and the degree of polarization (of the order of 2%) of IR radiation (λ=1.06  μm) having a width of 0.03–1.0 μs is estimated. The results are presented of measuring the polarization characteristics of a pulsed Nd laser with self-Q-switching and in the free-lasing regime.

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