Abstract

The helicoidal eigenstates of a passive Fabry–Perot resonator that contains two quarter-wave plates allow us to propose a novel polarimetric method whose sensitivity, compared with that of single-pass devices, is demonstrated to be enhanced proportionally to the square of the cavity finesse. Good agreement between the experimental and the theoretical enhancements of sensitivity is observed, and a detectability of 10−6 deg is obtained with a cavity finesse of 150.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

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Y. Le Grand and A. Le Floch, "Measurement of small optical activities by use of helicoidal waves: erratum," Opt. Lett. 17, 1093-1093 (1992)
https://www.osapublishing.org/ol/abstract.cfm?uri=ol-17-15-1093

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