Two-dimensional linear birefringence vector measurement by polarization-stepping interferometer

Kuo Chen Lang*, Hui Kang Teng, Hsiu Fong Chang, Chien Yuan Han, Chien Chou

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A simple polarization-stepping technique in combination with a common-path homodyne interferometer is proposed in order to measure the phase retardation and the fast-axis angle, which are defined as the linear birefringence vector (LBV), of a wave plate (WP). At three different orientation angles of the linear polarization of incident laser beam, two-dimensional (2-D) interference patterns with respect to different orientation angle are recorded by using a CCD camera. Thus, 2-D phase retardation and fast-axis angle distributions of WP are determined simultaneously. In addition, the elliptical polarization and misalignment of the orientation angle of the incident laser beam induced errors on LBV measurement are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1633-1637
Number of pages5
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics
Issue number4 A
StatePublished - 04 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Linear birefringence
  • Polarimeter
  • Polarization-stepping
  • Wave plate


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