Polarization state generator: A polarimeter calibration standard

Anna Britt Mahler, Russell A Chipman

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Abstract

A polarization state generator (PSG) was built to generate light having a degree of linear polarization (DoLP) varying from 0.0005 to 0.4 with 0.0005 uncertainty. The PSG operates by tilting a plane parallel SF11 glass plate in a nearly unpolarized beam. The DoLP of collimated, unpolarized light passing through a plane parallel plate over a defined range of field angles can be calculated from theory, and the PSG was intended to act as a calibration standard based on this calculation. Several effects make the DoLP distribution as a function of field and tilt plate difficult to model to the desired 0.0005 uncertainty: source DoLP and intensity nonuniformity, lens surface diattenuation, and errors in optical alignment. Because of these effects, modeled DoLP was not used as a standard. Instead, DoLP was characterized with repeatability of 0.0005.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1726-1734
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Optics
Volume50
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 20 2011

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Polarization state generator : A polarimeter calibration standard. / Mahler, Anna Britt; Chipman, Russell A.

In: Applied Optics, Vol. 50, No. 12, 20.04.2011, p. 1726-1734.

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Mahler, Anna Britt ; Chipman, Russell A. / Polarization state generator : A polarimeter calibration standard. In: Applied Optics. 2011 ; Vol. 50, No. 12. pp. 1726-1734.
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