Infrared spectropolarimetry

Dennis H. Goldstein, Russell A Chipman, David B. Chenault

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Abstract

This paper treats the fundamentals of infrared spectropolarimetry as a step in understanding electro-optical materials and designing better spatial light modulators. It describes the issues in converting a Fourier transform spectrometer to perform spectropolarimetric measurements and includes mathematics to interpret the resulting spectropolarimetric data. Two differences exist between this proposed instrumentation and previous infrared crystal optics studies: (1) this instrument acquires data simultaneously at all wavelengths within its spectral range and (2) it measures Mueller polarization matrices. Conventional measurements with laser polarimeters take birefringence data with applied fields at a few laser wavelengths. With the spectropolarimeter, data are obtained over the entire spectrum, including on and near absorption bands where the most interesting phenomena occur. Measuring Mueller matrices as a function of wavelength provides data on polarization and scattering, effects that will ultimately limit the performance of a modulating crystal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-125
Number of pages6
JournalOptical Engineering
Volume28
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1989
Externally publishedYes

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Infrared radiation
Wavelength
Electrooptical materials
wavelengths
crystal optics
Polarization
Crystals
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Lasers
optical materials
polarization
mathematics
light modulators
matrices
Birefringence
lasers
birefringence
Spectrometers
Absorption spectra

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Goldstein, D. H., Chipman, R. A., & Chenault, D. B. (1989). Infrared spectropolarimetry. Optical Engineering, 28(2), 120-125.

Infrared spectropolarimetry. / Goldstein, Dennis H.; Chipman, Russell A; Chenault, David B.

In: Optical Engineering, Vol. 28, No. 2, 02.1989, p. 120-125.

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Goldstein, DH, Chipman, RA & Chenault, DB 1989, 'Infrared spectropolarimetry', Optical Engineering, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 120-125.
Goldstein DH, Chipman RA, Chenault DB. Infrared spectropolarimetry. Optical Engineering. 1989 Feb;28(2):120-125.
Goldstein, Dennis H. ; Chipman, Russell A ; Chenault, David B. / Infrared spectropolarimetry. In: Optical Engineering. 1989 ; Vol. 28, No. 2. pp. 120-125.
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