Simple undergraduate experiment for synthesizing and analyzing non-uniformly polarized beams by means of a Fresnel biprism

Piquero Sanz, Gemma and Marcos Muñoz, Ismael and González de Sande, Juan Carlos (2019). Simple undergraduate experiment for synthesizing and analyzing non-uniformly polarized beams by means of a Fresnel biprism. "American Journal of Physics", v. 87 (n. 3); pp. 208-213. ISSN 0002-9505. https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5089423.

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Title: Simple undergraduate experiment for synthesizing and analyzing non-uniformly polarized beams by means of a Fresnel biprism
Author/s:
  • Piquero Sanz, Gemma
  • Marcos Muñoz, Ismael
  • González de Sande, Juan Carlos
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: American Journal of Physics
Date: 2019
ISSN: 0002-9505
Volume: 87
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. y Sistemas de Telecomunicación (UPM)
Department: Teoría de la Señal y Comunicaciones
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

A simple scheme to synthesize non-uniform patterns of polarization across the transverse section of a beam is proposed with the standard materials in an undergraduate optics laboratory. The experiment is based on the superposition of two orthogonally polarized fields obtained by using a Fresnel biprism and dichroic polarizers. Although no interference pattern appears in the superposition area, a non-uniformly totally polarized field is synthesized. Analytic expressions for the Jones vector and Stokes parameters of the output beam are calculated and, in the process, students can cement their knowledge about the representation of polarized light with these formalisms. The experimental polarization pattern is either obtained from intensity measurements with a CCD camera or measured directly with a commercial polarimeter modified with a pinhole. This experiment will help students discover an easy way to vary the state of polarization across the transverse section of a light field

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TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Government of SpainFIS2016-75147UnspecifiedUnspecifiedIngeniería y aplicaciones de haces de luz no convencionales

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Item ID: 64441
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/64441/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:64441
DOI: 10.1119/1.5089423
Official URL: https://aapt.scitation.org/doi/10.1119/1.5089423
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 11 Feb 2021 12:14
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2021 12:19
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