Birefringence of cellotape: Jones representation and experimental analysis

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Title: Birefringence of cellotape: Jones representation and experimental analysis
Authors: Beléndez, Augusto | Fernandez-Varo, Helena | Francés, Jorge | Neipp, Cristian
Research Group/s: GITE - Física, Óptica y Telecomunicaciones | Holografía y Procesado Óptico
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Física, Ingeniería de Sistemas y Teoría de la Señal | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Óptica, Farmacología y Anatomía | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario de Física Aplicada a las Ciencias y las Tecnologías
Keywords: Birefringence | Retarder | Polarization | Jones representation
Knowledge Area: Óptica | Física Aplicada
Date Created: 9-Dec-2009
Issue Date: 18-Mar-2010
Editors: Institute of Physics Publishing
Citation: BELÉNDEZ VÁZQUEZ, Augusto, et al. "Birefringence of cellotape: Jones representation and experimental analysis". European Journal of Physics. Vol. 31, No. 3 (May 2010). ISSN 0143-0807, pp. 551-561
Abstract: In this paper we analyze a simple experiment to study the effects of polarized light. A simple optical system composed of a polarizer, a retarder (cellotape) and an analyzer is used to study the effect on the polarization state of the light which impinges on the setup. The optical system is characterized by means of a Jones matrix, and a simple procedure based on Jones vectors is used to obtain an expression for the intensity after the light passes through the optical system. The light intensity is measured by a photodetector and the expression obtained theoretically is experimentally validated. By fitting the experimental intensity data the value of the retardation introduced by the retarder can also be obtained.
Sponsor: This work was supported by the ‘Ministerio Ciencia e Innovación’ of Spain under projects FIS2008-05856-C02-01 and FIS2008-05856-C02-02, by the ‘Vicerrectorado de Tecnología e Innovación Educativa’ of the University of Alicante, Spain (GITE-09006-UA).
ISSN: 0143-0807 (Print) | 1361-6404 (Online)
Language: eng
Tipe: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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