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Longitudinal polarization periodicity of unpolarized light passing through a double wedge depolarizer

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Piquero Sanz, Gemma María and Santarsiero, Massimo and González de Sande , Juan Carlos and Gori, Franco (2012) Longitudinal polarization periodicity of unpolarized light passing through a double wedge depolarizer. Optics Express, 20 (25). pp. 27348-27360. ISSN 1094-4087

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.027348


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Abstract

The polarization characteristics of unpolarized light passing through a double wedge depolarizer are studied. It is found that the degree of polarization of the radiation propagating after the depolarizer is uniform across transverse planes after the depolarizer, but it changes from one plane to another in a periodic way giving, at different distances, unpolarized, partially polarized, or even perfectly polarized light. An experiment is performed to confirm this result. Measured values of the Stokes parameters and of the degree of polarization are in complete agreement with the theoretical predictions.


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© 2012 Optical Society of America.
One of the authors (J. C. G. S.) is grateful to a grant from 2011 Fundación Caja Madrid Program. J. C. G. S. and G. P. acknowledge the hospitality of Prof. F. Gori’s group.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Subwavelength Dielectric Gratings, Optically-Active Media, Beams, Coherence, Crystals, Propagation, Quartz, Fields
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Optics
ID Code:23319
Deposited On:23 Oct 2013 07:52
Last Modified:07 Feb 2014 11:00

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