Abstract

We propose a new method for precisely measuring the optical phase retardation of a wave plate using modulated-polarized light. Modulated-polarized light is used such that the zeros of the system can be accurately determined. A Babinet–Soleil compensator is employed to measure the optical phase retardation. A cross-wavelength measurement is also proposed for determining the phase retardation at a wavelength, which is not the measuring wavelength.

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