Abstract

A modified cyclic-path interferometer is employed for complete measurement of spatially varying birefringence. An expanded and collimated laser beam intercepted by a birefringent specimen is incident on a polarization-masked cube beam splitter, resulting in two mutually orthogonal polarization components propagating along clockwise and counterclockwise directions in the interferometer. These two wavefronts are made to interfere for four specific orientations of an analyzer. Suitable combinations of the interferograms result in determination of the direction of birefringence and its magnitude. Experimental results are presented.

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