Optimized Mueller polarimeter with liquid crystals.

  • De Martino A
  • Kim Y
  • Garcia-Caurel E
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We demonstrate a Mueller polarimeter in which the polarization-state generator and analyzer are both composed of a linear polarizer and two liquid-crystal variable retarders. The polarimeter is designed to optimize the accuracy of the final results by minimization of the condition numbers of the modulation and analysis matrices. The polarimeter calibration, a difficult task by conventional procedures, is achieved easily by use of the eigenvalue method of Compain et al. [Appl. Opt. 38, 3490 (1999)]. The overall polarimeter performance is tested with a linear polarizer at various angles and a compensator at various retardations.

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  • Antonello De Martino

  • Yong-Ki Kim

  • Enric Garcia-Caurel

  • Blandine Laude

  • Bernard Drévillon

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