Abstract

A novel, interferometric, polarization-interrogating filter assembly and method for the simultaneous measurement of all four Stokes parameters across a partially polarized irradiance image in a no-moving-parts, instantaneous, highly sensitive manner is described. In the reported embodiment of the filter, two spatially varying linear retarders and a linear polarizer comprise an ortho-Babinet, polarization-interrogating (OBPI) filter. The OBPI filter uniquely encodes the incident ensemble of electromagnetic wave fronts comprising a partially polarized irradiance image in a controlled, deterministic, spatially varying manner to map the complete state of polarization across the image to local variations in a superposed interference pattern. Experimental interferograms are reported along with a numerical simulation of the method.

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  1. P. S. Hauge, Proc. SPIE 88, 3 (1976).
  2. M. Francon and S. Mallick, Polarization Interferometers (Wiley, London, 1971).

1976

P. S. Hauge, Proc. SPIE 88, 3 (1976).

Francon, M.

M. Francon and S. Mallick, Polarization Interferometers (Wiley, London, 1971).

Hauge, P. S.

P. S. Hauge, Proc. SPIE 88, 3 (1976).

Mallick, S.

M. Francon and S. Mallick, Polarization Interferometers (Wiley, London, 1971).

Proc. SPIE

P. S. Hauge, Proc. SPIE 88, 3 (1976).

Other

M. Francon and S. Mallick, Polarization Interferometers (Wiley, London, 1971).

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