Polarization change induced by a galvanometric optical scanner

Gabriele Anzolin*, Arnaud Gardelein, Marc Jofre, Gabriel Molina-Terriza, Morgan W. Mitchell

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Abstract

We study the optical properties of a two-axis galvanometric optical scanner constituted by a pair of rotating planar mirrors, focusing our attention on the transformation induced on the polarization state of the input beam. We obtain the matrix that defines the transformation of the propagation direction of the beam and the Jones matrix that defines the transformation of the polarization state. Both matrices are expressed in terms of the rotation angles of two mirrors. Finally, we calculate the parameters of the general rotation in the Poincaré sphere that describes the change in the polarization state for each mutual orientation of the mirrors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1946-1952
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision
Volume27
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes

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This paper was published in 'Journal of the Optical Society of America A : optics and image science' and is made available as an electronic reprint with the permission of OSA. The paper can be found at the following URL on the OSA website: [http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-27-9-1946]. Systematic or multiple reproduction or distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.

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