Polarized ring interferometer for linear birefringence measurement

Kuo Chen Lang*, Chien Chou, Hui Kang Teng

*Corresponding author for this work

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A polarized optical heterodyne ring interferometer is constructed to measure the linear birefringence (LB) of crystalline quartz in the geometry of a Soliel Babinet compensator. The optical common-path feature with respect to vertical (P) and horizontal (S) polarized waves of this setup implies the independence of the elliptical polarization of the incident P wave and S wave in LB measurement. In addition, the error analysis of the LB measurement based on phase retardation detection is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5826-5830
Number of pages5
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics
Issue number9 A
StatePublished - 09 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Common-path
  • Heterodyne interferometer
  • Linear birefringence
  • Ring interferometer


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