Abstract

A Sénarmont polariscope suitable for optical maser work has been constructed. It employs an optically active wedge and an analyzing polarizer to map the azimuthal angle onto a linear field, indicating this angle by null positions on a photographic plate. It measures the azimuth of linearly polarized light over a range of 180° with an accuracy at present of ±1.5° and distinguishes between right and left circularly polarized light. This device is compact and relatively inexpensive; it requires no auxiliary electronic apparatus.

© 1963 Optical Society of America

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