Precision polarimetry of optical components

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Polarization elements at present are inadequately characterized for many applications. For retarders, usually only the retardance is specified. For polarizers, usually only the two principal transmittances or the extinction ratio are given. For polarization elements used in critical applications, this level of characterization is woefully inadequate. Defects of polarization elements will be described, and appropriate performance measures suggested. Examples of the characterization of polarization elements as a function of angle of incidence, and as a function of wavelength are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-335
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1992
EventInternational Symposium on Optical Fabrication, Testing, and Surface Evaluation 1992 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: Jun 10 1992Jun 12 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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