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Sample records for continuous birefringence compensation

  1. Compensation for thermally induced birefringence in polycrystalline ceramic active elements

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    Kagan, M A; Khazanov, E A

    2003-10-31

    Polycrystalline ceramics differ significantly from single crystals in that the crystallographic axes (and hence of the axes of thermally induced birefringence) are oriented randomly in each granule of the ceramic. The quaternion formalism is employed to calculate the depolarisation in the ceramics and the efficiency of its compensation. The obtained analytic expressions are in good agreement with the numerical relations. It is shown that the larger the ratio of the sample length to the granule size, the closer the properties of the ceramics to those of a single crystal with the [111] orientation (in particular, the uncompensated depolarisation is inversely proportional to this ratio). (active media)

  2. Optical stress sensor based on electro-optic compensation for photoelastic birefringence in a single crystal

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    Li Changsheng

    2011-09-20

    An optical stress sensor is proposed by using a single crystal with both electro-optic and photoelastic effects. Different from previous crystal-based stress sensors, the proposed sensor is based on electro-optic compensation for stress-induced birefringence and does not need an additional quarter-wave plate or modulator, because the stress-sensing element is simultaneously used as an electro-optic compensator. Candidate sensing materials include electro-optic crystals of the 3 m symmetry group and all glass with large Kerr coefficients. A primary experiment has demonstrated that the stress-induced birefringence in lithium niobate crystal can be compensated by its electro-optic birefringence. The proposed stress sensor is compact and low cost, and it is possible to achieve closed-loop stress measurement.

  3. Universal compensation of the non-reciprocal circular birefringence in a retracing path by a mirrored quarter-wave plate

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    Martinelli, Mario; Martelli, Paolo; Fasiello, Annalaura

    2016-08-01

    A quarter-wave plate combined with a mirror realizes a pure rotator on the reflected beam, hence it realizes the same polarization transformation of a Porro prism, which has been recently demonstrated as a universal compensator for the non-reciprocal circular birefringence present in a retracing path. In the present work, the mirrored quarter-wave plate has been experimentally proved to effectively compensate for the non-reciprocal circular birefringence introduced by a variable Faraday rotator.

  4. Birefringence compensation of two tandem-set Nd:YAG rods with different thermally induced features

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    Wang, You; Inoue, Koichi; Kan, Hirofumi; Ogawa, Takayo; Wada, Satoshi

    2009-12-01

    How to reduce the thermally induced effects in a solid-state rod is a critical assignment for the applications of high-powered diode-pumped solid-state lasers (DPSSLs). In this paper, we study the birefringence compensation in a solid-state laser system containing two tandem-set Nd:YAG rods with different thermally induced characteristics. By reason of the uneven emission wavelengths of the pump LDs, the thermal focal length of one Nd:YAG rod is about 1.3 times as much as that of the other in our study. Using a 90° quartz rotator and a pair of coupling lenses, we investigated the depolarization dependence on different laser structures. It has been found that the birefringence in two laser rods with such different thermally induced features can be excellently reduced by adopting an optimized lens configuration which is not a traditional telescope image system as usually adopted by many researchers. Both the theoretical analyses and the experimental results have demonstrated the performance of our approach. The conclusions have been thought to be useful for constructing a high-average-power laser oscillator with a near- TEM00 mode.

  5. Development of a noninvasive corneal birefringence-compensated glucose-sensing polarimeter

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    Anumula, Harini; Nezhuvingal, Ajaina A.; Li, Yanfang; Cameron, Brent D.

    2003-07-01

    In the recent past, optical polarimetry has been shown as a potential method for noninvasive physiologic glucose sensing in the eye. Although the necessary sensitivity and accuracy have been demonstrated experimentally through in vitro studies using a range of media from simplistic glucose doped-water to more complex media such as aqueous humor, the main problem currently hindering long-term in vivo measurements is corneal birefringence coupled with motion artifact. This is due to the inability to distinguish E-field rotation due to glucose from the effects of time varying corneal birefringence. In this investigation, the effect of corneal birefringence will be discussed and a potential method to overcome this problem will be presented with supporting results.

  6. Quantitative analysis with advanced compensated polarized light microscopy on wavelength dependence of linear birefringence of single crystals causing arthritis

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    Takanabe, Akifumi; Tanaka, Masahito; Taniguchi, Atsuo; Yamanaka, Hisashi; Asahi, Toru

    2014-07-01

    To improve our ability to identify single crystals causing arthritis, we have developed a practical measurement system of polarized light microscopy called advanced compensated polarized light microscopy (A-CPLM). The A-CPLM system is constructed by employing a conventional phase retardation plate, an optical fibre and a charge-coupled device spectrometer in a polarized light microscope. We applied the A-CPLM system to measure linear birefringence (LB) in the visible region, which is an optical anisotropic property, for tiny single crystals causing arthritis, i.e. monosodium urate monohydrate (MSUM) and calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD). The A-CPLM system performance was evaluated by comparing the obtained experimental data using the A-CPLM system with (i) literature data for a standard sample, MgF2, and (ii) experimental data obtained using an established optical method, high-accuracy universal polarimeter, for the MSUM. The A-CPLM system was found to be applicable for measuring the LB spectra of the single crystals of MSUM and CPPD, which cause arthritis, in the visible regions. We quantitatively reveal the large difference in LB between MSUM and CPPD crystals. These results demonstrate the usefulness of the A-CPLM system for distinguishing the crystals causing arthritis.

  7. Fully vectorial laser resonator modeling of continuous-wave solid-state lasers including rate equations, thermal lensing and stress-induced birefringence.

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    Asoubar, Daniel; Wyrowski, Frank

    2015-07-27

    The computer-aided design of high quality mono-mode, continuous-wave solid-state lasers requires fast, flexible and accurate simulation algorithms. Therefore in this work a model for the calculation of the transversal dominant mode structure is introduced. It is based on the generalization of the scalar Fox and Li algorithm to a fully-vectorial light representation. To provide a flexible modeling concept of different resonator geometries containing various optical elements, rigorous and approximative solutions of Maxwell's equations are combined in different subdomains of the resonator. This approach allows the simulation of plenty of different passive intracavity components as well as active media. For the numerically efficient simulation of nonlinear gain, thermal lensing and stress-induced birefringence effects in solid-state active crystals a semi-analytical vectorial beam propagation method is discussed in detail. As a numerical example the beam quality and output power of a flash-lamp-pumped Nd:YAG laser are improved. To that end we compensate the influence of stress-induced birefringence and thermal lensing by an aspherical mirror and a 90° quartz polarization rotator. PMID:26367545

  8. Finite-state compensators for continuous processes

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    Johnson, T. L.

    1978-01-01

    Mathematical representation of feedback systems composed of both continuous and finite-state processes is discussed. Such a representation provides a new viewpoint for the design of computer control systems for industrial processes, and clarifies areas in which further research is required. Some motivating examples are provided.

  9. Finite-state compensators for continuous process

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    Johnson, T. L.

    1979-01-01

    A mathematical representation of feedback systems composed of both continuous and finite-state processes is discussed. This representation provides a new viewpoint for the design of computer control systems for industrial processes, and clarifies areas in which further research is required. Some examples are given depicting the stabilization of an unstable lag by a D-type flip flop.

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  11. A universal compensator for polarization changes induced by non-reciprocal circular birefringence on a retracing beam

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    Martinelli, Mario; Martelli, Paolo; Fasiello, Annalaura

    2016-05-01

    In this communication we recognize that it is possible to cancel out the effects of the non-reciprocal circular birefringence on a retracing beam. The experimental results demonstrate that a linearly polarized beam is returned into an orthogonal state after retracing through a variable Faraday rotator, by exploiting the reflective action of a Porro prism with edge at 45° with respect to the initial polarization axis, for any amount of non-reciprocal Faraday rotation.

  12. Faculty Compensation in Continuing Education: Theory versus Practice.

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    Scott, Joyce A.

    1984-01-01

    Lawler's Motivation Model and other studies of reward systems are used to develop a policy assessment and development checklist for compensating continuing education faculty. The checklist includes institutional, reward system, and motivation factors that should be considered to encourage faculty participation. (SK)

  13. Transparent zero-birefringence copolymer and its optical properties.

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    Iwata, S; Tsukahara, H; Nihei, E; Koike, Y

    1997-07-01

    Birefringence is caused by both orientation of polymer chains and photoelasticity. These birefringences were compensated by random copolymerization of negative birefringent methyl methacrylate and positive birefringent benzyl methacrylate, but orientational and photoelastic zero birefringences were achieved with quite different compositions of the copolymers. Note that the birefringence of the copolymer that occurred in the process of injection molding was almost completely eliminated with a composition for orientational zero birefringence. The orientational and photoelastic zero-birefringence copolymers possessed enough transparency as optical materials that the total scattering losses were 30.4 and 19.5 dB/km, respectively, competing with the transparency of homopolymers. PMID:18259249

  14. Dynamic compensation of thermal lensing and birefringence in a high-brightness Nd:Cr:GSGG oscillator

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    Moshe, Inon; Jackel, Steven M.; Lallouz, Raphael; Tzuk, I.

    1997-09-01

    In this work, five fundamental concepts were combined to a low development of high efficiency, low divergence, narrow bandwidth, flashlamp pumped oscillators capable of operation over a broad operating range. These concepts were: flashlamp pumped Nd:Cr:GSGG to achieve high efficiency, a 'Reentrant Cavity' to eliminate birefringence losses, a variable radius back mirror in a hemispherical cavity to achieve maximum Gaussian beam fill factor, a very high damage threshold, spectrum narrowing output coupler fabricated using a stack of uncoated etalons to form a resonant reflector, a cylindrical zoom lens to completely eliminate astigmatism. The results were successful, and yielded an oscillator that produced 10 mJ, TEM00 300 MHz bandwidth, 75 ns pulses, over a repetition rate of 1-20 Hz, and at a slope efficiency of 2 percent. These techniques were also successfully applied to a YLF oscillator. They may, in part, be adapted for use to unstable resonators.

  15. Birefringence of solid-state laser media: broadband tuning discontinuities and application to laser line narrowing

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    Krasinski, J.S.; Band, Y.B.; Chin, T.; Heller, D.F.; Morris, R.C.; Papanestor, P.

    1989-04-15

    Spectral consequences that result from using birefringent media with broadband gain inside of laser cavities containing polarizing elements are described. We show that the laser intensity is modulated as a function of the output frequency unless the cavity elements are carefully aligned so that their polarization axis coincides with a principal optical axis of the gain medium. Analysis of the tuning characteristics of a birefringent polarization-dependent gain medium is exploited to provide a simple method for line narrowing the laser output. By introduction of an intracavity birefringent compensator the narrow-band output can be continuously tuned. Experimental results for alexandrite lasers are presented.

  16. Synthesis of optical birefringent networks.

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    Ammann, E. O.

    1971-01-01

    Outline of synthesis procedures, with description of the birefringent networks which result from their use. Optical compensators are employed in synthesis procedures in two different ways. The first role is simply the practical one of compensating for slightly incorrect crystal lengths. The second role occurs because some synthesis procedures require different fractional retardations for the stages of the network. Lyot and Solc filters are described, and an attempt is made to show how birefringent networks function. Experimental results are presented, and the application of synthesis procedures to electrooptic networks is discussed.

  17. Birefringence-induced frequency beating in high-finesse cavities by continuous-wave cavity ring-down spectroscopy

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    Dupré, Patrick

    2015-11-01

    By analyzing the decaying intensity, leaking out a high-finesse cavity previously "filled" by a cw laser source (using the cavity ring-down spectroscopy technique), we observed frequency beating between what we think are two orthogonal eigenpolarization states of the intracavity electromagnetic field. The time decay (ring down) is analyzed by varying the angle of the polarization analyzer located in front of the detector. A full modeling of the observed signal is proposed. It is based on the Jones matrix formalism required for modeling the cavity behavior following a rotated phase shifter. The full transfer function is first established in the frequency domain, and then Fourier transformed to recover the temporal response. The same optical cavity, i.e., constituted of the same set of mirrors, is used at two different wavelengths (˜800 and ˜880 nm). It demonstrates the differences in behavior between a high-finesse cavity (˜400 000 ) and a lower finesse cavity (˜50 000 ). Beating frequency, characteristics time, and beat amplitude are mainly discussed versus the analyzer angle. A cavity birefringence of ˜1.6 ×10-5 rad, resulting from the mirror birefringence is suggested. If the current analysis is in agreement with pulsed CRDS experiments (polarimetry) obtained in an isotropic moderate-finesse cavity, it differs from a recent work report on a high-finesse cavity associated with a source mode locking [Phys. Rev. A 85, 013837 (2012), 10.1103/PhysRevA.85.013837].

  18. Continuous-wave, single-pass, single-frequency second-harmonic-generation at 266 nm based on birefringent-multicrystal scheme.

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    Devi, Kavita; Parsa, S; Ebrahim-Zadeh, M

    2016-04-18

    We report the implementation of a compact cascaded multicrystal scheme based on birefringent crystals in critical phase-matching, for the generation of continuous-wave (cw) radiation in the deep ultraviolet (UV). The approach comprises a cascade of 4 single-pass second-harmonic-generation (SHG) stages in β-BaB2O4 (BBO) pumped by a single-frequency cw green source at 532 nm. A deep-UV cw output power of 37.7 mW at 266 nm has been obtained with a high passive power stability of 0.12% rms over more than 4 hours. Characterization and optimization of the system in each stage has been systematically performed. Angular phase-matching acceptance bandwidth under tight focusing in BBO, and spectral properties of the deep-UV radiation, have been studied. Theoretical calculations for SHG in the cascaded scheme based on birefringent phase-matching have been performed, and enhancement in UV power compared to single-stage single-pass scheme are studied. Theoretical comparison of BBO with other potential crystals for deep-UV generation in cascaded multicrystal scheme is also presented. PMID:27137310

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  20. Negative birefringent polyimide films

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    Harris, Frank W. (Inventor); Cheng, Stephen Z. D. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A negative birefringent film, useful in liquid crystal displays, and a method for controlling the negative birefringence of a polyimide film is disclosed which allows the matching of an application to a targeted amount of birefringence by controlling the degree of in-plane orientation of the polyimide by the selection of functional groups within both the diamine and dianhydride segments of the polyimide which affect the polyimide backbone chain rigidity, linearity, and symmetry. The higher the rigidity, linearity and symmetry of the polyimide backbone, the larger the value of the negative birefringence of the polyimide film.

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  7. Controlling birefringence in dielectrics

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    Danner, Aaron J.; Tyc, Tomáš; Leonhardt, Ulf

    2011-06-01

    Birefringence, from the very essence of the word itself, refers to the splitting of light rays into two parts. In natural birefringent materials, this splitting is a beautiful phenomenon, resulting in the perception of a double image. In optical metamaterials, birefringence is often an unwanted side effect of forcing a device designed through transformation optics to operate in dielectrics. One polarization is usually implemented in dielectrics, and the other is sacrificed. Here we show, with techniques beyond transformation optics, that this need not be the case, that both polarizations can be controlled to perform useful tasks in dielectrics, and that rays, at all incident angles, can even follow different trajectories through a device and emerge together as if the birefringence did not exist at all. A number of examples are shown, including a combination Maxwell fisheye/Luneburg lens that performs a useful task and is achievable with current fabrication materials.

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  11. Analysis and active compensation of microphonics in continuous wave narrow-bandwidth superconducting cavities

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    Neumann, A.; Anders, W.; Kugeler, O.; Knobloch, J.

    2010-08-01

    Many proposals for next generation light sources based on single pass free electron lasers or energy recovery linac facilities require a continuous wave (cw) driven superconducting linac. The effective beam loading in such machines is very small and in principle the cavities can be operated at a bandwidth of a few Hz and with less than a few kW of rf power. However, a power reserve is required to ensure field stability. A major error source is the mechanical microphonics detuning of the niobium cavities. To understand the influence of cavity detuning on longitudinal beam stability, a measurement program has been started at the horizontal cavity test facility HoBiCaT at HZB to study TESLA-type cavities. The microphonics detuning spectral content, peak detuning values, and the driving terms for these mechanical oscillations have been analyzed. In combination with the characterization of cw-adapted fast tuning systems based on the piezoelectric effect this information has been used to design a detuning compensation algorithm. It has been shown that a compensation factor between 2-7 is achievable, reducing the typical detuning of 2-3 Hz rms to below 0.5 Hz rms. These results were included in rf-control simulations of the cavities, and it was demonstrated that a phase stability below 0.02° can be achieved.

  12. Birefringence determination in turbid media.

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    Baravian, Christophe; Dillet, Jérôme; Decruppe, Jean-Paul

    2007-03-01

    We study the influence of birefringence on incoherent polarized light transport in turbid media. In particular, Mueller matrices backscattered by a diffusing medium are modified by the birefringence of the suspending phase. We study this effect both theoretically, through Monte Carlo simulations, and experimentally with a highly birefringent xanthane solution in which particles are added at various concentrations to modify its turbidity. Comparisons between experiments on flow-induced birefringence of the xanthane solution with or without particles are in good agreement and show the capability of measuring birefringence in turbid media through analysis of Mueller matrices. PMID:17500742

  13. Birefringence determination in turbid media

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    Baravian, Christophe; Dillet, Jérôme; Decruppe, Jean-Paul

    2007-03-01

    We study the influence of birefringence on incoherent polarized light transport in turbid media. In particular, Mueller matrices backscattered by a diffusing medium are modified by the birefringence of the suspending phase. We study this effect both theoretically, through Monte Carlo simulations, and experimentally with a highly birefringent xanthane solution in which particles are added at various concentrations to modify its turbidity. Comparisons between experiments on flow-induced birefringence of the xanthane solution with or without particles are in good agreement and show the capability of measuring birefringence in turbid media through analysis of Mueller matrices.

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  16. Magnetic birefringence of minerals.

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    Jennings, Barry R; Wilson, Stephen R; Ridler, Peter J

    2005-01-15

    The earliest reports of magnetically induced optical birefringence included data for liquids, magnetic fluids and colloidal suspensions. Recent work has shown that with relatively straightforward apparatus, when carefully designed and aligned, measurable effects can be recorded even for suspensions of relatively weak diamagnetic materials, including mineral particles. By recording the magnitude of the birefringence induced in magnetic fields of up to two Tesla, a method for the analysis of the magnetic and optical characteristics of these diamagnetic colloids is evidenced. The principles, apparatus and methodology involved are described and novel data reported for the minerals attapulgite, bentonite, hectorite, kaolinite, montmorillonite and vermiculite. Preliminary experiments using pulsed fields on vermiculite sols show that, in favourable circumstances, estimates of particle size can be made by analysing signal response rates. PMID:15571692

  17. Holodiagrams in birefringent media.

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    Rabal, Héctor; Cap, Nelly; Gottschalk, Karin V; Simon, María C

    2003-10-10

    The modifications to the holodiagram concept to describe free propagation (the extraordinary ray) inside birefringent materials are described. Holodiagrams are graphs showing the loci where the sum or the difference in the optical path from a generic point to two foci is the same. The holodiagrams obtained in this way give the shape of the surfaces that satisfy Fermat's principle, conjugate by reflection of one focus into the other, and represent the interference fringes obtained if both points are coherent sources. The reflection law in birefringent media is investigated in relation to this diagram. One direction for the optical axis is considered: parallel to the line joining the source and the observation point. Quartz-type and calcite-type crystals are studied. PMID:14577535

  18. Birefringent phononic structures

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    Psarobas, I. E. Exarchos, D. A.; Matikas, T. E.

    2014-12-15

    Within the framework of elastic anisotropy, caused in a phononic crystal due to low crystallographic symmetry, we adopt a model structure, already introduced in the case of photonic metamaterials, and by analogy, we study the effect of birefringence and acoustical activity in a phononic crystal. In particular, we investigate its low-frequency behavior and comment on the factors which determine chirality by reference to this model.

  19. Multichannel birefringent filter

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    Gouxiang, A.; Huefeng, H.

    1985-01-01

    A birefringent filter with a large field of view and no additional polarization is discussed. It plays an important role in observing the solar monochromatic image and the solar vector magnetic field. It has only one channel. For simultaneous multichannel observations, the solar spectrograph is better than the birefringent filter. A suggestion was proposed to try to obtain a multichannel birefringent filter which will be used in a new telescope at the Huairou reservoir station of Beijing Observatory. By means of N polarizing beam splitters, (N+1) channels can be divided. In principle, any number of limitless channels can be obtained, thereby subdividing the whole solar spectrum. But since the space in a telescope is limited, the channels to be used are also limited. For the new telescope, 5 and 9 channels are being considered, and the spectral range is from lambda 3800A to lambda 7000A. Many lines are included in this range, for example, H, K, H beta, lambda lambda 5324A, 5250A, 6302A, H alpha, etc., and some of the lines are suited to measure solar velocity fields. According to the character of these lines, the half width of each channel is determined. Moreover, in some channels the solid polarizing Michelson interferometer is considered for measuring velocity field with a lm/s accuracy. The advantages of the filter and problems to be solved are listed.

  20. Highly birefringent optical microfibers.

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    Xuan, Haifeng; Ju, Jian; Jin, Wei

    2010-02-15

    Highly birefringent (Hi-Bi) air-clad silica microfibers (MFs) with wavelength and sub-wavelength scale transverse dimensions are studied theoretically and experimentally. Hi-Bi MFs are taper-drawn from the standard SMF-28 single mode fibers that are "pre-processed" by "cutting away" parts of the silica cladding on opposite sides of the fiber with a femtosecond infrared laser. Such Hi-Bi MFs have approximately elliptical cross-sections and are approximated by a three-layer model comprising a small central Ge-doped region surrounded by an elliptical silica region and an air-cladding. Theoretical modeling shows that phase and group birefringence of the order 10(-2) can be achieved with such air-clad Hi-Bi MFs. Experiments with an air-clad elliptical fiber with a major diameter of 0.9 microm and a minor/major diameter ratio of 0.9 demonstrated a group birefringence of approximately 0.015, agreeing well with the theoretical predictions. The Hi-Bi MFs are useful for micron/nanoscale polarization maintaining transmission and phase-sensitive interferometric sensors. PMID:20389393

  1. Optical birefringence of aorta tissues

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    Tang, G. C.; Wang, W. B.; Pu, Y.; Alfano, R. R.

    2010-02-01

    The optical birefringence of porcine aortic tissues including heated and non-heated tissues was studied using polarization technique. The measurements show that a whole piece of aortic tissue has birefringence properties like a uniaxial crystal. The experiment results indicate that the birefringence status of tissue have a potential application for monitoring changes of tissue structure due to burning, plastic surgery, laser tissue welding and wound healing.

  2. Tunable optofluidic birefringent lens.

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    Wee, D; Hwang, S H; Song, Y S; Youn, J R

    2016-05-01

    An optofluidic birefringent lens is demonstrated using hydrodynamic liquid-liquid (L(2)) interfaces in a microchannel. The L(2) lens comprises a nematic liquid crystal (NLC) phase and an optically isotropic phase for the main stream and the surrounding sub-stream, respectively. When the optofluidic device is subjected to a sufficiently strong electric field perpendicular to the flow direction, NLCs are allowed to orient along the external field rather than the flow direction overcoming fluidic viscous stress. The characteristics of the optofluidic birefringence lens are investigated by experimental and numerical analyses. The difference between the refractive indices of the main stream and the sub-stream changes according to the polarization direction of incident light, which determines the optical behaviour of the lens. The incidence of s-polarized light leads to a short focal point, while p-polarized light has a relatively long focal distance from the same L(2) interface. The curvatures and focal lengths of the lens are successfully evaluated by a hydrodynamic theory of NLCs and a simple ray-tracing model. PMID:27035877

  3. Circuit for continuous motional series resonant frequency and motional resistance monitoring of quartz crystal resonators by parallel capacitance compensation

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    Arnau, A.; Sogorb, T.; Jimenez, Y.

    2002-07-01

    A deep analysis of the problem associated with oscillators as interface circuits for quartz-crystal-microbalance sensors, reveals that the so-called static capacitance of the sensor is one of the elements that makes the use of oscillators more critical for sensors applications. A phase-locked-loop based circuit specifically designed for compensating the parallel capacitance effects in quartz crystal resonator sensors is presented. This circuit permits the calibration of the external circuitry to the sensor and an accurate determination of the effective capacitive compensation. The system provides a continuous measurement of the motional series resonant frequency and motional resistance. An extension and automation of the proposed system for multiple sensor characterization is introduced. The theoretical analysis of the circuit along with the experimental results presented prove that the proposed system is a good alternative for quartz sensors characterization.

  4. Modulation instabilities in birefringent two-core optical fibres

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    Li, J. H.; Chiang, K. S.; Malomed, B. A.; Chow, K. W.

    2012-08-01

    Previous studies of the modulation instability (MI) of continuous waves (CWs) in a two-core fibre (TCF) did not consider effects caused by co-propagation of the two polarized modes in a TCF that possesses birefringence, such as cross-phase modulation (XPM), polarization-mode dispersion (PMD) and polarization-dependent coupling (PDC) between the cores. This paper reports an analysis of these effects on the MI by considering a linear-birefringence TCF and a circular-birefringence TCF, which feature different XPM coefficients. The analysis focuses on the MI of the asymmetric CW states in the TCFs, which have no counterparts in single-core fibres. We find that the asymmetric CW state exists when its total power exceeds a threshold (minimum) value, which is sensitive to the value of the XPM coefficient. We consider, in particular, a class of asymmetric CW states that admit analytical solutions. In the anomalous dispersion regime, without taking the PMD and PDC into account, the MI gain spectra of the birefringent TCF, if scaled by the threshold power, are almost identical to those of the zero-birefringence TCF. However, in the normal dispersion regime, the power-scaled MI gain spectra of the birefringent TCFs are distinctly different from their zero-birefringence counterparts, and the difference is particularly significant for the circular-birefringence TCF, which takes a larger XPM coefficient. On the other hand, the PMD and PDC only exert weak effects on the MI gain spectra. We also simulate the nonlinear evolution of the MI of the CW inputs in the TCFs and obtain good agreement with the analytical solutions.

  5. Temperature-independent zero-birefringence polymer for liquid crystal displays

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    Shikanai, M. D.; Tagaya, A.; Koike, Y.

    2016-03-01

    A polymer film that shows almost no orientational birefringence even when the polymer main chain is in an oriented state and almost no temperature dependence of orientational birefringence in the temperature range from around -40 to 85 °C was prepared. This temperature range is important because it is where in-car liquid crystal displays (LCDs) are generally used; therefore, it is desirable to have constant orientational birefringence over this range. We suggest a method to compensate for the intrinsic birefringence and temperature coefficient of intrinsic birefringence of individual polymers by copolymerizing monomers of homopolymers that display opposite signs of the two parameters described above. Analysis of four types of polymers, methyl methacrylate (MMA), 2,2,2-trifluoroethyl methacrylate, benzyl methacrylate (BzMA), and phenyl methacrylate (PhMA), reveal that they possess both positive and negative signs of their temperature coefficient of intrinsic birefringence. Using this approach, we prepare P(MMA/PhMA/BzMA) (39:23:38 wt. %), which exhibits almost no intrinsic birefringence and almost no temperature dependence of intrinsic birefringence. The retardation of this polymer film when drawn uniaxially scarcely changed (between 0.3 and 0.8 nm) between 12 and 70 °C, which is small enough not to cause image degradation in LCDs.

  6. Birefringence measurements on crystalline silicon

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    Krüger, Christoph; Heinert, Daniel; Khalaidovski, Alexander; Steinlechner, Jessica; Nawrodt, Ronny; Schnabel, Roman; Lück, Harald

    2016-01-01

    Crystalline silicon has been proposed as a new test mass material in third generation gravitational wave detectors such as the Einstein telescope (ET). Birefringence can reduce the interferometric contrast and can produce dynamical disturbances in interferometers. In this work we use the method of polarization-dependent resonance-frequency analysis of Fabry-Perot-cavities containing silicon as a birefringent medium. Our measurements show a birefringence of silicon along the (111) axis of the order of {{Δ }} n≈ {10}-7 at a laser wavelength of 1550 nm and room temperature. A model is presented that explains the results of different settings of our measurements as a superposition of elastic strains caused by external stresses in the sample and plastic strains possibly generated during the production process. An application of our theory on the proposed ET test mass geometry suggests no critical effect on birefringence due to elastic strains.

  7. Circular birefringence of banded spherulites.

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    Cui, Xiaoyan; Shtukenberg, Alexander G; Freudenthal, John; Nichols, Shane; Kahr, Bart

    2014-04-01

    Crystal optical properties of banded spherulites of 21 different compounds--molecular crystals, polymers, and minerals--with helically twisted fibers were analyzed with Mueller matrix polarimetry. The well-established radial oscillations in linear birefringence of many polycrystalline ensembles is accompanied by oscillations in circular birefringence that cannot be explained by the natural optical activity of corresponding compounds, some of which are centrosymmetric in the crystalline state. The circular birefringence is shown to be a consequence of misoriented, overlapping anisotropic lamellae, a kind of optical activity associated with the mesoscale stereochemistry of the refracting components. Lamellae splay as a consequence of space constraints related to simultaneous twisting of anisometric lamellae. This mechanism is supported by quantitative simulations of circular birefringence arising from crystallite twisting and splaying under confinement. PMID:24625095

  8. Birefringent corrugated waveguide

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    Moeller, Charles P.

    1990-01-01

    A corrugated waveguide having a circular bore and noncircularly symmetric corrugations, and preferably elliptical corrugations, provides birefringence for rotation of polarization in the HE.sub.11 mode. The corrugated waveguide may be fabricated by cutting circular grooves on a lathe in a cylindrical tube or rod of aluminum of a diameter suitable for the bore of the waveguide, and then cutting an approximation to ellipses for the corrugations using a cutting radius R.sub.0 from the bore axis that is greater than the bore radius, and then making two circular cuts using a radius R.sub.1 less than R.sub.0 at centers +b and -b from the axis of the waveguide bore. Alternatively, stock for the mandrel may be formed with an elliptical transverse cross section, and then only the circular grooves need be cut on a lathe, leaving elliptical corrugations between the grooves. In either case, the mandrel is first electroplated and then dissolved leaving a corrugated waveguide with noncircularly symmetric corrugations. A transition waveguide is used that gradually varies from circular to elliptical corrugations to couple a circularly corrugated waveguide to an elliptically corrugated waveguide.

  9. Birefringent corrugated waveguide

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    Moeller, C.P.

    1989-02-15

    A corrugated waveguide having a circular bore and noncircularly symmetric corrugations, and preferably elliptical corrugations, provides birefringence for rotation of polarization in the HE{sub 11} mode. The corrugated waveguide may be fabricated by cutting circular grooves on a lathe in a cylindrical tube or rod of aluminium of a diameter suitable for the bore of the waveguide, and then cutting an approximation to ellipses for the corrugations using a cutting radius R{sub 0} from the bore axis that is greater than the bore radius, and then making two circular cuts using a radius R{sub 1} less than R{sub 0} at centers +b and {minus}b from the axis of the waveguide bore. Alternatively, stock for the mandrel may be formed with an elliptical transverse cross section, and then only the circular grooves need be cut on a lathe, leaving elliptical corrugations between the grooves. In either case, the mandrel is first electroplated and then dissolved leaving a corrugated waveguide with noncircularly symmetric waveguides. A transition waveguide is used that gradually varies from circular to elliptical corrugations to couple a circularly corrugated waveguide to an elliptically corrugated waveguide.

  10. Birefringent corrugated waveguide

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    Moeller, C.P.

    1990-03-06

    This patent describes a corrugated waveguide having a circular bore and noncircularly symmetric corrugations, and preferably elliptical corrugations which provides birefringence for rotation of polarization in the HE{sub 11} mode. The corrugated waveguide may be fabricated by cutting circular grooves on a lathe in a cylindrical tube or rod of aluminum of a diameter suitable for the bore of the waveguide, and then cutting an approximation to ellipses for the corrugations using a cutting radius R{sub 0} from the bore axis that is greater than the bore radius, and then making two circular cuts using a radius R{sub 1} less than R{sub 0} at centers + b and {minus} B from the axis of the waveguide bore. Alternatively, stock for the mandrel may be formed with an elliptical transverse cross section, and then only the circular grooves need be cut on a lathe, leaving elliptical corrugations between the grooves. In either case, the mandrel is first electroplated and then dissolved leaving a corrugated waveguide with noncircularly symmetric corrugations. A transition waveguide is used that gradually varies from circular to elliptical corrugations to couple a circularly corrugated waveguide to an elliptically corrugated waveguide.

  11. Compensation Chemistry

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    Roady, Celia

    2008-01-01

    Congress, the news media, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continue to cast a wary eye on the compensation of nonprofit leaders. Hence, any college or university board that falls short of IRS expectations in its procedures for setting the president's compensation is putting the president, other senior officials, and board members at…

  12. Note: In situ measurement of vacuum window birefringence by atomic spectroscopy.

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    Steffen, Andreas; Alt, Wolfgang; Genske, Maximilian; Meschede, Dieter; Robens, Carsten; Alberti, Andrea

    2013-12-01

    We present an in situ method to measure the birefringence of a single vacuum window by means of microwave spectroscopy on an ensemble of cold atoms. Stress-induced birefringence can cause an ellipticity in the polarization of an initially linearly polarized laser beam. The amount of ellipticity can be reconstructed by measuring the differential vector light shift of an atomic hyperfine transition. Measuring the ellipticity as a function of the linear polarization angle allows us to infer the amount of birefringence Δn at the level of 10(-8) and identify the orientation of the optical axes. The key benefit of this method is the ability to separately characterize each vacuum window, allowing the birefringence to be precisely compensated in existing vacuum apparatuses. PMID:24387479

  13. Note: In situ measurement of vacuum window birefringence by atomic spectroscopy

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    Steffen, Andreas; Alt, Wolfgang; Genske, Maximilian; Meschede, Dieter; Robens, Carsten; Alberti, Andrea

    2013-12-15

    We present an in situ method to measure the birefringence of a single vacuum window by means of microwave spectroscopy on an ensemble of cold atoms. Stress-induced birefringence can cause an ellipticity in the polarization of an initially linearly polarized laser beam. The amount of ellipticity can be reconstructed by measuring the differential vector light shift of an atomic hyperfine transition. Measuring the ellipticity as a function of the linear polarization angle allows us to infer the amount of birefringence Δn at the level of 10{sup −8} and identify the orientation of the optical axes. The key benefit of this method is the ability to separately characterize each vacuum window, allowing the birefringence to be precisely compensated in existing vacuum apparatuses.

  14. Fiber gyroscope with birefringence modulation

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    Carrara, S. L. A.; Kim, B. Y.; Shaw, H. J.

    1987-03-01

    A theoretical analysis of the nonreciprocal phase error in a highly-birefringent fiber gyroscope is presented, characterizing the different types of errors and their sources in a general form. These error terms are due to polarization cross coupling in the fiber and in the fiber components and can be reduced by modulating the magnitude of the fiber birefringence at appropriate locations in the optical circuit and by balancing the optical power between the two polarization eigenmodes of the fiber at the input of the interferometer. Experimental results demonstrating these techniques show a 20 dB relief on the performance requirements of the polarizer usually employed for drift reduction.

  15. Long range surface plasmons in birefringent media

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    Stegeman, G. I.

    1983-01-01

    The propagation properties of surface plasmon polaritons guided by thin metal films bounded by birefringent media are investigated. For the very thin (less than or equal to 150 A) films required to produce long propagation distances, the effects of birefringence on the dispersion relations are found to be minimal. A small effect of the birefringence on the mode attenuation is found.

  16. Continuous composite finite-time convergent guidance laws with autopilot dynamics compensation.

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    He, Shaoming; Lin, Defu

    2015-09-01

    This paper has proposed two continuous composite finite-time convergent guidance laws to intercept maneuvering targets in the presence of autopilot lag: one is for hit-to-kill and the other is for zeroing the line-of-sight (LOS) angular rate. More specifically, the nonlinear disturbance observer (NDOB) is used to estimate the lumped uncertainty online while the finite-time control technique is used to fulfill the design goal in finite time. The key feature in derivation of the proposed guidance law is that two integral-type Lyapunov functions are used to avoid analytic differentiation of virtual control law encountered with traditional backstepping. The finite-time stability of the closed-loop nonlinear observer-controller system is established using finite-time bounded (FTB) function and Lyapunov function methods. Numerical simulations with some comparisons are carried out to demonstrate the superiority of the proposed method. PMID:26210638

  17. Pre-Compensation for Continuous-Path Running Trajectory Error in High-Speed Machining of Parts with Varied Curvature Features

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    Jia, Zhenyuan; Song, Dening; Ma, Jianwei; Gao, Yuanyuan

    2016-04-01

    Parts with varied curvature features play increasingly critical roles in engineering, and are often machined under high-speed continuous-path running mode to ensure the machining efficiency. However, the continuous-path running trajectory error is significant during high-feed-speed machining, which seriously restricts the machining precision for such parts with varied curvature features. In order to reduce the continuous-path running trajectory error without sacrificing the machining efficiency, a pre-compensation method for the trajectory error is proposed. Based on the formation mechanism of the continuous-path running trajectory error analyzed, this error is estimated in advance by approximating the desired toolpath with spline curves. Then, an iterative error pre-compensation method is presented. By machining with the regenerated toolpath after pre-compensation instead of the uncompensated toolpath, the continuous-path running trajectory error can be effectively decreased without the reduction of the feed speed. To demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed pre-compensation method, a heart curve toolpath that possesses varied curvature features is employed. Experimental results indicate that compared with the uncompensated processing trajectory, the maximum and average machining errors for the pre-compensated processing trajectory are reduced by 67.19% and 82.30%, respectively. An easy to implement solution for high efficiency and high precision machining of the parts with varied curvature features is provided.

  18. Optimal Compensation with Hidden Action and Lump-Sum Payment in a Continuous-Time Model

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    Cvitanic, Jaksa Wan, Xuhu Zhang Jianfeng

    2009-02-15

    We consider a problem of finding optimal contracts in continuous time, when the agent's actions are unobservable by the principal, who pays the agent with a one-time payoff at the end of the contract. We fully solve the case of quadratic cost and separable utility, for general utility functions. The optimal contract is, in general, a nonlinear function of the final outcome only, while in the previously solved cases, for exponential and linear utility functions, the optimal contract is linear in the final output value. In a specific example we compute, the first-best principal's utility is infinite, while it becomes finite with hidden action, which is increasing in value of the output. In the second part of the paper we formulate a general mathematical theory for the problem. We apply the stochastic maximum principle to give necessary conditions for optimal contracts. Sufficient conditions are hard to establish, but we suggest a way to check sufficiency using non-convex optimization.

  19. Birefringence characterization using transmission ellipsometry

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    Nee, Soe-Mie F.

    1992-12-01

    Birefringence can be obtained from the phase difference (Delta) between the ordinary and the extraordinary rays for normal transmission through a birefringent slab. Rotating analyzer ellipsometry (RAE) and null ellipsometry (NE) were used to measure (Delta) . NE gives accurate phase spectrum which shows linear dependence of phase on wave-number. The phase spectrum by RAE looks like a damped oscillatory curve. The calibration of RAE against NE shows that the extrema of RAE phase spectrum correspond to (Delta) equals m(pi) of NE spectrum, where m equals integer; the phases near m (pi) + (pi) /2 are about the same from both methods. Error caused by partially coherent interference of the multiple reflected waves within the slab consists basically of the sinusoidal functions of (Delta) and its harmonics, and is zero at (Delta) equals m(pi) . These errors can be suppressed by the least-square fit of m to a quadratic function of 1/(lambda) . The birefringence spectrum measured for a sapphire sample in the 0.4 to 0.9 micrometers wavelength region agrees with the handbook values.

  20. Polarized fiber optical parametric amplification in randomly birefringent fibers.

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    Wang, S H; Xu, Xinchuan; Wai, P K A

    2015-12-14

    A comprehensive theoretical model to investigate phase matching in degenerate polarized fiber optical parametric amplifiers (FOPAs) in randomly birefringent fibers is developed. We show that in the small signal region, simulation results from the proposed model agree well with the experimental results. It was also shown that four waves mixing (FWM) effect could compensate polarization mode dispersion (PMD) induced phase mismatch. Similar to counter-propagating fiber Raman amplifiers (FRAs), the degree of polarization of FOPAs approaches unity exponentially with the gain but at a larger rate 1/Γ. Thus larger polarization-pulling can be achieved in FOPAs than the counter-propagating FRAs for the same gain. PMID:26699064

  1. Simple method for locking birefringent resonators.

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    Libson, Adam; Brown, Nicolas; Buikema, Aaron; López, Camilo Cela; Dordevic, Tamara; Heising, Matthew; Evans, Matthew

    2015-02-01

    We report on a simple method of locking a laser to a birefringent cavity using polarization spectroscopy. The birefringence of the resonator permits the simple extraction of an error signal by using one polarization state as a phase reference for another state. No modulation of the light or the resonator is required, reducing the complexity of the laser locking setup. This method of producing an error signal can be used on most birefringent optical resonators, even if the details of birefringence and eigenpolarizations are not known. This technique is particularly well suited for fiber ring resonators due to the inherent birefringence of the fiber and the unknown nature of that birefringence. We present an experimental demonstration of this technique using a fiber ring. PMID:25836232

  2. Orientational order of some liquid crystal/dye mixtures obtained from optical birefringence

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    Bielejewska, Natalia

    2016-04-01

    This study presents optical birefringence measurements as a function of temperature for the liquid crystal/dye mixtures. The optical birefringence of the liquid crystals used in liquid crystal displays technology is related to the order parameter , which is crucial from the development point of view. The properties of the dyes (4-dimethylamino-4‧-nitrostilbene and N,N‧-bis(2,5-di-tert-buthylphenyl)-3,4,9,10-perylenedicarboximide) as a guest molecule are tested over the whole region of nematic phase occurrence by three different methods: measurement with use of the plano-convex lens, Berek's compensator and photoelastic modulator.

  3. High-repetition-rate oscillators based on athermal glass rods and on birefringence correction techniques

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    Jackel, Steven M.; Kaufman, Alon; Lallouz, Raphael

    1994-09-01

    A high-repetition-rate oscillator, based on a flashlamp-pumped Q-100- clad athermal phosphate glass rod in a stable cavity, was developed to act as the driver for a high-repetition-rate Nd:glass laser system. Although the athermal properties compensated to a large extent for thermal lensing, birefringence losses in a conventional linear cavity containing a polarizer, as required for Q-switched operation, reduced pulse energy by up to a factor of 3 when the repetition rate was increased from single shot to 50% of fracture-limit pump conditions. Several birefringence compensation techniques were evaluated with the best results obtained in a reentrant (Y-cavity) design, with a Faraday rotator to partially compensate for birefringence and a mirror to reinsert polarizer-rejected light, so that the light quadruple passed the laser head per cavity round-trip and egressed through the output mirror (the only oscillator exit port). Birefringence losses were then reduced to 20%. High-repetition-rate TEM 00 operation was obtained by using a long (223-cm) cavity, and by placing the Faraday rotator/laser head together with a large mode selection aperture next to the curved back mirror.

  4. Birefringence changes associated with isometric contraction and rapid shortening steps in frog skeletal muscle fibres.

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    Irving, M

    1993-01-01

    1. Muscle birefringence, the difference between the refractive indices of light polarized parallel and perpendicular to the muscle fibre axis, was measured at 3 degrees C in intact single fibres isolated from frog muscle. Resting birefringence was 2.20 +/- 0.02 x 10(-3) (mean +/- S.E.M., n = 44) at sarcomere length 2.4-2.7 microns and 2.35 +/- 0.03 x 10(-3) (n = 19) at 3.5-3.8 microns. 2. Birefringence decreased during isometric twitch or tetanic contractions. The peak change in a twitch at sarcomere length 2.6 microns, determined by two independent methods, was 0.150 +/- 0.017 x 10(-3) (mean +/- S.E.M., n = 6). The corresponding value after 0.4 s of tetanic stimulation was 0.167 +/- 0.012 x 10(-3) (n = 6). 3. The birefringence change had a shorter latency than tension and reached its half-maximum value earlier than tension. The difference in time to half-maximum in tetani was 11.5 +/- 1.3 ms (mean +/- S.E.M., n = 6) at 3 degrees C. After stimulation birefringence recovered to its pre-stimulus baseline more slowly than tension. 4. The birefringence decrease after 0.4 s of tetanic stimulation was linearly related to the expected degree of overlap between actin and myosin filaments in the sarcomere length range 2.6-3.6 microns. The amplitude of the birefringence decrease at full filament overlap (sarcomere length 2.2 microns) was estimated to be 0.235 +/- 0.015 x 10(-3). 5. Birefringence changes associated with shortening steps of 0.9% fibre length at sarcomere length 2.6 microns exhibited four phases corresponding to those of the tension transient. There was no consistent birefringence change during the length step itself. During the rapid tension recovery birefringence increased by 0.014 +/- 0.001 x 10(-3) (n = 3), measured from the end of the length step to 2 ms later. Birefringence continued to increase as tension recovery slowed, reaching a peak about 10 ms after the step, then recovered with a rate similar to that of the final tension recovery. 6. These

  5. Phase and birefringence aberration correction

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    Bowers, M.; Hankla, A.

    1996-07-09

    A Brillouin enhanced four wave mixing phase conjugate mirror corrects phase aberrations of a coherent electromagnetic beam and birefringence induced upon that beam. The stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) phase conjugation technique is augmented to include Brillouin enhanced four wave mixing (BEFWM). A seed beam is generated by a main oscillator which arrives at the phase conjugate cell before the signal beams in order to initiate the Brillouin effect. The signal beam which is being amplified through the amplifier chain is split into two perpendicularly polarized beams. One of the two beams is chosen to be the same polarization as some component of the seed beam, the other orthogonal to the first. The polarization of the orthogonal beam is then rotated 90{degree} such that it is parallel to the other signal beam. The three beams are then focused into cell containing a medium capable of Brillouin excitation. The two signal beams are focused such that they cross the seed beam path before their respective beam waists in order to achieve BEFWM or the two signal beams are focused to a point or points contained within the focused cone angle of the seed beam to achieve seeded SBS, and thus negate the effects of all birefringent and material aberrations in the system. 5 figs.

  6. Phase and birefringence aberration correction

    DOEpatents

    Bowers, Mark; Hankla, Allen

    1996-01-01

    A Brillouin enhanced four wave mixing phase conjugate mirror corrects phase aberrations of a coherent electromagnetic beam and birefringence induced upon that beam. The stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) phase conjugation technique is augmented to include Brillouin enhanced four wave mixing (BEFWM). A seed beam is generated by a main oscillator which arrives at the phase conjugate cell before the signal beams in order to initiate the Brillouin effect. The signal beam which is being amplified through the amplifier chain is split into two perpendicularly polarized beams. One of the two beams is chosen to be the same polarization as some component of the seed beam, the other orthogonal to the first. The polarization of the orthogonal beam is then rotated 90.degree. such that it is parallel to the other signal beam. The three beams are then focused into cell containing a medium capable of Brillouin excitation. The two signal beams are focused such that they cross the seed beam path before their respective beam waists in order to achieve BEFWM or the two signal beams are focused to a point or points contained within the focused cone angle of the seed beam to achieve seeded SBS, and thus negate the effects of all birefringent and material aberrations in the system.

  7. Measurement of 2D birefringence distribution

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    Noguchi, Masato; Ishikawa, Tsuyoshi; Ohno, Masahiro; Tachihara, Satoru

    1992-10-01

    A new measuring method of 2-D birefringence distribution has been developed. It has not been an easy job to get a birefringence distribution in an optical element with conventional ellipsometry because of its lack of scanning means. Finding an analogy between the rotating analyzer method in ellipsometry and the phase-shifting method in recently developed digital interferometry, we have applied the phase-shifting algorithm to ellipsometry, and have developed a new method that makes the measurement of 2-D birefringence distribution easy and possible. The system contains few moving parts, assuring reliability, and measures a large area of a sample at one time, making the measuring time very short.

  8. Birefringence in time-dependent moving media

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    Lin, Shirong; Zhang, Ruoyang; Zhai, Yanwang; Wei, Jianye; Zhao, Qing

    2016-08-01

    Electromagnetic wave propagation in one- and two-dimensional time-dependent moving media is investigated in this paper. We identify another origin of linear birefringence caused by the component of the flow perpendicular to the wave vector. Previously, birefringence is induced by applying external electric and magnetic fields to non-crystalline material. Here it is shown that the time-varying velocity field also contributes to such a phenomenon. Our results indicate that the parallel component, time-dependent or not, will not yield birefringence. Furthermore, the time-dependent flow also results in a frequency shift. One-dimensional simulation is conducted to demonstrate these effects.

  9. Optical temperature sensor utilizing birefringent crystals

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    Quick, William H. (Inventor); James, Kenneth A. (Inventor); Strahan, Virgil H. (Inventor)

    1980-01-01

    A temperature sensor comprising an optical transducer member having an array of birefringent crystals. The length and, accordingly, the sensitivity to temperature change of successive birefringent crystals varies according to a particular relationship. The transducer is interconnected with a fiber optic transmission and detecting system. Respective optical output signals that are transmitted from the birefringent crystals via the fiber optic transmission system are detected and decoded so as to correspond to digits of a numbering system, whereby an accurate digital representation of temperature can ultimately be provided.

  10. Spectral contents readout of birefringent sensor

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    Redner, Alex S.

    1989-01-01

    The technical objective of this research program was to develop a birefringent sensor, capable of measuring strain/stress up to 2000 F and a readout system based on Spectral Contents analysis. As a result of the research work, a data acquisition system was developed, capable of measuring strain birefringence in a sensor at 2000 F, with multi-point static and dynamic capabilities. The system uses a dedicated spectral analyzer for evaluation of stress-birefringence and a PC-based readout. Several sensor methods were evaluated. Fused silica was found most satisfactory. In the final evaluation, measurements were performed up to 2000 F and the system performance exceeded expectations.

  11. Photon pair generation in birefringent optical fibers

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    Smith, Brian J.; Mahou, P.; Cohen, Offir; Lundeen, J. S.; Walmsley, I. A.

    2009-12-01

    We study both experimentally and theoretically the generation of photon pairs by spontaneous four-wave mixing (SFWM) in standard birefringent optical fibers. The ability to produce a range of two-photon spectral states, from highly correlated (entangled) to completely factorable, by means of cross-polarized birefringent phase matching, is explored. A simple model is developed to predict the spectral state of the photon pair which shows how this can be adjusted by choosing the appropriate pump bandwidth, fiber length and birefringence. Spontaneous Raman scattering is modeled to determine the tradeoff between SFWM and background Raman noise, and the predicted results are shown to agree with experimental data.

  12. Spun optical fibres: A helical structure of linear birefringence or circular birefringence?

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    Morshnev, Sergey K; Gubin, Vladimir P; Vorob'ev, I P; Starostin, I I; Sazonov, Aleksandr I; Chamorovsky, Yury K; Korotkov, N M

    2009-03-31

    An experiment has been proposed, theoretically substantiated and accomplished which has provided conclusive evidence in favour of one of two models for the behaviour of polarised light in optical fibres fabricated by spinning preforms with a high built-in linear birefringence (spun fibres): a helical structure of the built-in linear birefringence axes and circular birefringence. The experiment, carried out with a reflective fibreoptic dual-polarisation interferometer, has shown that the behaviour of polarisation states in spun fibres can be understood in terms of a helical structure of the built-in linear birefringence axes. (optical fibres)

  13. Spectral contents readout of birefringent sensors

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    Redner, Alex S.; Voloshin, Arkady S.

    1988-01-01

    The objective of the research performed was to establish the feasibility of using spectral contents analysis to measure accurately, strains and retardation in birefringent sensors, and more generally, on transparent materials.

  14. Shock Induced Birefringence in Lithium Fluoride

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    Holmes, N C

    2001-06-01

    We have used an ellipsometer to measure the birefringence of lithium fluoride in shock compression experiments. In previous x-ray diffraction experiments, single crystal [100] LiF has been reported to remain cubic at moderate pressures.

  15. Birefringence measurement of the cellophane film

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    Juárez-Ramírez, Julio César; Ortiz-Gutiérrez, Mauricio; Salgado-Verduzco, Marco Antonio; Pérez-Cortés, Mario; Olivares-Pérez, Arturo; Ordoñez-Padilla, Manuel Jorge; Ibarra-Torres, Juan Carlos

    2014-02-01

    In this work we describe an experimental technique to measure the birefringence of the cellophane film that has good behavior as half wave retarder. This technique is achieved when the film is placed in a polariscope that consists of a light source and properly arranged polarizing elements and a system of fringes is observed. Using Jones formalism for the system the birefringence appears in the phase term of harmonic functions. Some experimental results are shown.

  16. Birefringence, the Lost and Forgotten Optical Property

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    Nicholls, J.

    2009-05-01

    Petrologists and mineralogists could more effectively exploit birefringence and its derivative properties, retardation and interference color, to characterize minerals in thin section. Mineralogy texts and courses largely confine their treatments to the principal birefringences: γ - α, β - α, and γ - β in biaxial crystals and |ɛ - ω| in uniaxial crystals. Each section through a biaxial or uniaxial crystal has a birefringence and the birefringences range from zero to a maximum value for the substance under examination. The distribution of birefringence values on the indicatrix is not random; rather it follows a regular pattern. The pattern reveals itself in stereographic projection and it can be quantitatively depicted if the principal refractive indices are known. This pattern, when combined with the optical orientation of the crystal, places limits on the crystallographic orientation of the crystal plate in thin section. Birefringence can be used to estimate the composition of binary solid solutions displaying moderate to high interference colors if the optical orientation can be established. Computer color management techniques provide estimation of retardation values derived from interference colors to within a few nanometres in the range 250 to 1650 nanometres. These color management techniques can also be used to create charts and diagrams with retardation values as one variable and other mineral properties and compositions as the other variable. On such diagrams, interference colors can be painted, the color bands normal to the retardation axis like Michel-Levy charts.

  17. Birefringent Fourier transform imaging spectrometer with a rotating retroreflector.

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    Bai, Caixun; Li, Jianxin; Shen, Yan; Zhou, Jianqiang

    2016-08-01

    A birefringent Fourier transform imaging spectrometer with a new lateral shearing interferometer is presented. The interferometer includes a Wollaston prism and a retroreflector. It splits an incident light beam into two shearing parallel parts to obtain interference fringe patterns of an imaging target, which is well established as an aid in reducing problems associated with optical alignment and manufacturing precision. Continuously rotating the retroreflector enables the spectrometer to acquire two-dimensional spectral images without spatial scanning. This technology, with a high work efficiency and low complexity, is inherently compact and robust. The effectiveness of the proposed method is demonstrated by the experimental results. PMID:27472640

  18. Crystal chemistry of birefringent hydrogrossular

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    Antao, Sytle M.

    2015-06-01

    Crystal structure refinements of two fine-grained, massive, birefringent hydrogarnet samples from South Africa [1. green "jade" and 2. pink "jade"] were carried out with the Rietveld method, cubic space group and monochromatic synchrotron high-resolution powder X-ray diffraction (HRPXRD) data. Electron-microprobe analysis (EMPA) gave bulk compositions as follows: (1) (Ca2.997Mg0.003)Σ3{Al1.794Fe{0.196/3+}Cr{0.004/3+}Mn{0.003/3+}Ti{0.002/4+}}Σ2[(SiO4)2.851(O4H4)0.151]Σ3 and (2) (Ca2.993Mg0.007)Σ3{Al1.977Fe{0.020/3+}Mn{0.003/3+}Cr{0.001/3+}}Σ2[(SiO4)2.272(O4H4)0.730]Σ3. Their crystal structure was modeled well as indicated by the Rietveld refinement statistical indicators where the reduced χ2 and overall R ( F 2) values are 1.133 and 0.0467, respectively, for sample 1 and 1.308 and 0.0342 for sample 2. Two cubic phases are contained in each sample. For phase 1a in sample 1, the weight fraction (%), unit-cell parameter (Å), and O-H bond distance (Å) are as follows: 74.4(1), a = 11.88874(4), and O-H = 0.98(9); the corresponding data for phase 1b are 25.6(1), a = 11.9280(5), and O-H = 0.91(9). For phase 2a in sample 2, the corresponding data are 52.0(1), a = 12.0591(1), and O-H = 0.90(6); the corresponding data for phase 2b are 48.0(1), a = 11.9340(2), and O-H = 0.90(7). The anisotropic displacement ellipsoids for the O atoms show no unusual features and are not elongated along the "Si-O" bond direction, which is written as Z-O, because of the general formula, X3Y2Z3O12, for garnet. Phase 1a is near end-member grossular, ideally Ca3Al2Si3O12. The deficiencies of the site occupancy factors ( sofs) for the Si (=Z) site indicate that there are significant [O4H4]4- replacing [SiO4]4-. The Z-O distance is large in phase 1b, phases 2a, and 2b compared to a typical Z-O distance in anhydrous grossular or phase 1a. The H atoms occur in different environments around the vacant Z site in the two samples, and they may also bond to the O atoms surrounding the X and Y sites

  19. Birefringent Polarization Ray Tracing: Theory and Applications

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    McClain, Stephen Charles

    Birefringent polarization ray tracing is an extension of geometric ray tracing. In addition to calculating ray paths and phases, it also analyzes the state of polarization through birefringent devices. Some systems containing birefringent elements include optical computers, radiometers, optical isolators, bar code scanners, and optical data storage systems. This dissertation derives explicit algorithms for polarization ray tracing through anisotropic media, optically active media, and anisotropic optically active media, such as quartz. The objective was to go beyond the electromagnetic relations to establish algorithms in standard ray tracing format, ready for direct inclusion into lens design software. The algorithms, derived from Maxwell's equations, constitutive relations, and boundary conditions, calculate the wavevector, ray vector, optical path length, refractive index, and polarization state of a ray. Generalized Fresnel relations govern the division of energy at each interface into two transmitted and two reflected modes. The algorithms are applied to calculate the polarization aberrations of a variety of birefringent devices. In particular, it is established that the polarization properties of quartz vary significantly (>20%) over angles of only 5 degrees. This limits the useful field of view of quartz devices. Field of view aberrations of birefringent elements can critically affect the performance of optical systems. Also, design guidelines are presented for pseudodepolarizers. These devices spatially scramble the polarization. Inserted into an instrument, a depolarizer negates the polarization sensitivity of the elements which follow it. Presented in detail is the design and analysis of a depolarizer for use in a spectrometer on NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS).

  20. Birefringent polarization ray tracing: Theory and applications

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    McClain, Stephen Charles

    1992-06-01

    Birefringent polarization ray tracing is an extension of geometric ray tracing. In addition to calculating ray paths and phases, it also analyzes the state of polarization through birefringent devices. Some systems containing birefringent elements include optical computers, radiometers, optical isolators, bar code scanners, and optical data storage systems. This dissertation derives explicit algorithms for polarization ray tracing through anisotropic media, optically active media, and anisotropic optically active media, such as quartz. The objective was to go beyond the electromagnetic relations to establish algorithms in standard ray tracing format, ready for direct inclusion into lens design software. The algorithms, derived from Maxwell's equations, constitutive relations, and boundary conditions, calculate the wavevector, ray vector, optical path length, refractive index, and polarization state of a ray. Generalized Fresnel relations govern the division of energy at each interface into two transmitted and two reflected modes. The algorithms are applied to calculate the polarization aberrations of a variety of birefringent devices. In particular, it is established that the polarization properties of quartz vary significantly (greater than 20 percent) over angles of only 5 degrees. This limits the useful field of view of quartz devices. Field of view aberrations of birefringent elements can critically affect the performance of optical systems. Also, design guidelines are presented for pseudodepolarizers. These devices spatially scramble the polarization. Inserted into an instrument, a depolarizer negates the polarization sensitivity of the elements which follow it. Presented in detail is the design and analysis of a depolarizer for use in a spectrometer on NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS).

  1. Using redundancy of round-trip ultrasound signal for non-continuous arrays: Application to gap and blockage compensation.

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    Robert, Jean-Luc; Erkamp, Ramon; Korukonda, Sanghamithra; Vignon, François; Radulescu, Emil

    2015-11-01

    In ultrasound imaging, an array of elements is used to image a medium. If part of the array is blocked by an obstacle, or if the array is made from several sub-arrays separated by a gap, grating lobes appear and the image is degraded. The grating lobes are caused by missing spatial frequencies, corresponding to the blocked or non-existing elements. However, in an active imaging system, where elements are used both for transmitting and receiving, the round trip signal is redundant: different pairs of transmit and receive elements carry similar information. It is shown here that, if the gaps are smaller than the active sub-apertures, this redundancy can be used to compensate for the missing signals and recover full resolution. Three algorithms are proposed: one is based on a synthetic aperture method, a second one uses dual-apodization beamforming, and the third one is a radio frequency (RF) data based deconvolution. The algorithms are evaluated on simulated and experimental data sets. An application could be imaging through ribs with a large aperture. PMID:26627809

  2. Electro-optical tunable birefringent filter

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    Levinton, Fred M.

    2012-01-31

    An electrically tunable Lyot type filter is a Lyot that include one or more filter elements. Each filter element may have a planar, solid crystal comprised of a material that exhibits birefringence and is electro-optically active. Transparent electrodes may be coated on each face of the crystal. An input linear light polarizer may be located on one side of the crystal and oriented at 45 degrees to the optical axis of the birefringent crystal. An output linear light polarizer may be located on the other side of the crystal and oriented at -45 degrees with respect to the optical axis of the birefringent crystal. When an electric voltage is applied between the electrodes, the retardation of the crystal changes and so does the spectral transmission of the optical filter.

  3. Channelled spectrum method for birefringence dispersion measurement of anisotropic Mylar film

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    Sanaâ, F.; Palierne, J. F.; Gharbia, M.

    2016-07-01

    A convenient and accurate interferometric technique for measuring the birefringence dispersion of anisotropic Mylar film according to a continuous spectral range of wavelengths in the ultraviolet, visible and near infrared region, using the so called "Channelled Spectrum" method is described. The technique proposed here consists of considering all the experimental data, not only the minima of the transmitted light obtained after recording the transmitted light that travelled a Mylar film sandwiched between two crossed polarizers. Furthermore, we are able to measure the transmission coefficients of the polarizers, the absorption of the Mylar sheet, and other parameters involved in the experiment by using a spectroscopic detection. Thus, the transmission of the Mylar sheet vs wavelength is deduced. Using the dispersion of the optical birefringence given by the birefringence dispersion theory for uniaxial organic compounds ie the one band, three-band, and Cauchy models, and by applying a nonlinear fitting procedure on the recorded experimental data, we have obtained the parameters involved in the expressions of the optical birefringence and we have computed the optical birefringence of the Mylar film vs wavelengths. In the visible and near-infrared regions, all models give excellent fits to the experimental data. In the UV region, the three-band model considers the resonance effect. Thus, in the near-resonance region the results from the three-band model are more accurate.

  4. Research on spectroscopic imaging. Volume 1: Technical discussion. [birefringent filters

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    Title, A.; Rosenberg, W.

    1979-01-01

    The principals of operation and the capabilities of birefringent filters systems are examined. Topics covered include: Lyot, Solc, and partial polarizer filters; transmission profile management; tuning birefringent filters; field of view; bandpass control; engineering considerations; and recommendations. Improvements for field of view effects, and the development of birefringent filters for spaceflight are discussed in appendices.

  5. Coherent control of optically induced birefringence in azoaromatic molecules

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    Mendonca, C. R.; Neves, U. M.; Guedes, I.; Zilio, S. C.; Misoguti, L.

    2006-08-15

    Here we present the coherent control of two-photon induced birefringence in polymeric films containing Disperse Red 13 (DR13) azoaromatic molecules. Such control is achieved by enhancing and reducing the azochromophor cis-trans photoisomerization rate, which leads to the molecular orientation, inducing the birefringence. The dependence on chirp and phase mask of the birefringence signal was studied and modeled.

  6. Generation of multiple laser lines by sum-frequency mixing of continuous-wave Raman emissions from a dispersion-compensated optical cavity

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    Niigaki, Ryu; Kida, Yuichiro; Imasaka, Totaro

    2016-02-01

    Three color continuous-wave (CW) laser emissions with constant frequency separation are generated in the near-infrared (NIR) region using a dispersion-compensated optical cavity filled with hydrogen gas. By focusing these laser emissions into second-harmonic generation (SHG) crystals, multiple second harmonic signals and sum-frequency signals are generated in the near-ultraviolet (NUV) with a constant frequency spacing. Up to five colors of these NUV CW laser emissions can be generated simultaneously by using SHG crystals with different orientations. The interference between the second-harmonic signal of one NIR laser emission and the sum-frequency signal of the other two NIR emissions was observed experimentally, indicating mutual phase coherence among the NIR laser emissions. The phase coherence allows the synthesis of a train of ultrashort pulses with a THz repetition rate in both the NUV and the NIR by using the CW emission lines.

  7. Flow-induced birefringence measurement system using dual-crystal transverse electro-optic modulator for microgravity fluid physics applications

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    Mackey, Jeffrey R.

    1999-01-01

    We have developed a new instrument that can measure fast transient birefringence and polymer chain orientation angle in complex fluids. The instrument uses a dual-crystal transverse electro-optic modulator with the second crystal's modulation voltage applied 180 deg out of phase from that of the first crystal. In this manner, the second crystal compensates for the intrinsic static birefringence of the first crystal, and it doubles the modulation depth. By incorporating a transverse electro-optic modulator with two lithium-niobate (LiNbO3) crystals oriented orthogonal to each other with a custom-designed optical system, we have produced a very small robust instrument capable of fast transient retardation measurements. By measuring the sample thickness or optical path length through the sample, we can calculate the transient birefringence. This system can also measure dichroism. We have compared the calibration results and retardation and orientation angle measurements of this instrument with those of a photoelastic modulator (PEM) based system using a quarter wave plate and a high-precision 1/16-wave plate to simulate a birefringent sample. Transient birefringence measurements on the order of 10(exp -9) can be measured using either modulator.

  8. Modeling and minimizing interference from corneal birefringence in retinal birefringence scanning for foveal fixation detection

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    Irsch, Kristina; Gramatikov, Boris; Wu, Yi-Kai; Guyton, David

    2011-01-01

    Utilizing the measured corneal birefringence from a data set of 150 eyes of 75 human subjects, an algorithm and related computer program, based on Müller-Stokes matrix calculus, were developed in MATLAB for assessing the influence of corneal birefringence on retinal birefringence scanning (RBS) and for converging upon an optical/mechanical design using wave plates (“wave-plate-enhanced RBS”) that allows foveal fixation detection essentially independently of corneal birefringence. The RBS computer model, and in particular the optimization algorithm, were verified with experimental human data using an available monocular RBS-based eye fixation monitor. Fixation detection using wave-plate-enhanced RBS is adaptable to less cooperative subjects, including young children at risk for developing amblyopia. PMID:21750772

  9. Polarization-maintaining fiber pulse compressor by birefringent hollow-core photonic bandgap fiber.

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    Shirakawa, Akira; Tanisho, Motoyuki; Ueda, Ken-Ichi

    2006-12-11

    Structural birefringent properties of a hollow-core photonic-bandgap fiber were carefully investigated and applied to all-fiber chirped-pulse amplification as a compressor. The group birefringence of as high as 6.9x10(-4) and the dispersion splitting by as large as 149 ps/nm/km between the two principal polarization modes were observed at 1557 nm. By launching the amplifier output to one of the polarization modes a 17-dB polarization extinction ratio was obtained without any pulse degradation originating from polarization-mode dispersion. A hybrid fiber stretcher effectively compensates the peculiar dispersion of the photonic-bandgap fiber and pedestal-free 440-fs pulses with a 1-W average power and 21-nJ pulse energy were obtained. Polarization-maintaining fiber-pigtail output of high-power femtosecond pulses is useful for various applications. PMID:19529631

  10. Polarized light in birefringent samples (Conference Presentation)

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    Chue-Sang, Joseph; Bai, Yuqiang; Ramella-Roman, Jessica

    2016-02-01

    Full-field polarized light imaging provides the capability of investigating the alignment and density of birefringent tissue such as collagen abundantly found in scars, the cervix, and other sites of connective tissue. These can be indicators of disease and conditions affecting a patient. Two-dimensional polarized light Monte Carlo simulations which allow the input of an optical axis of a birefringent sample relative to a detector have been created and validated using optically anisotropic samples such as tendon yet, unlike tendon, most collagen-based tissues is significantly less directional and anisotropic. Most important is the incorporation of three-dimensional structures for polarized light to interact with in order to simulate more realistic biological environments. Here we describe the development of a new polarization sensitive Monte Carlo capable to handle birefringent materials with any spatial distribution. The new computational platform is based on tissue digitization and classification including tissue birefringence and principle axis of polarization. Validation of the system was conducted both numerically and experimentally.

  11. Modeling, simulation, and analysis of birefringent effects in plastic optics

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    Adhikari, Achyut; Asundi, Anand

    2015-09-01

    Plastic optics has been widely used in different application. They have been facing birefringent effects during manufacturing or during certain application. Finite element modeling of plastic optics in CAD interface is done along with experimental and theoretical comparison of the specimen with the help of solid mechanics and image processing. Low birefringence plastic optics is chosen for the experiment and varying load is applied to observe the characteristics both in experiment and simulation. Low birefringence polariscope was used to measure the birefringence in the plastic specimen. Birefringence is caused due to many effects like stress induced birefringence temperature induced due to thermal gradient and pressure during manufacturing. Here stress is induced on low birefringence specimen by two point compression loading and is compared on the base of solid mechanics, finite element modeling and image processing. The results were found to be similar and convincing.

  12. A birefringence study of changes in myosin orientation during relaxation of skinned muscle fibers induced by photolytic ATP release.

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    Peckham, M; Ferenczi, M A; Irving, M

    1994-01-01

    The birefringence of isolated skinned fibers from rabbit psoas muscle was measured continuously during relaxation from rigor produced by photolysis of caged ATP at sarcomere length 2.8-2.9 microns, ionic strength 0.1 M, 15 degrees C. Birefringence, the difference in refractive index between light components polarized parallel and perpendicular to the fiber axis, depends on the average degree of alignment of the myosin head domain with the fiber axis. After ATP release birefringence increased by 5.8 +/- 0.7% (mean +/- SE, n = 6) with two temporal components. A small fast component had an amplitude of 0.9 +/- 0.2% and rate constant of 63 s-1. By the completion of this component, the instantaneous stiffness had decreased to about half the rigor value, and the force response to a step stretch showed a rapid (approximately 1000 s-1) recovery phase. Subsequently a large slow birefringence component with rate constant 5.1 s-1 accompanied isometric force relaxation. Inorganic phosphate (10 mM) did not affect the fast birefringence component but accelerated the slow component and force relaxation. The fast birefringence component was probably caused by formation of myosin.ATP or myosin.ADP.Pi states that are weakly bound to actin. The average myosin head orientation at the end of this component is slightly more parallel to the fiber axis than in rigor. PMID:7811926

  13. Anisotropic Transverse Stress in Calcite and Sapphire Measured Using Birefringence

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    Tear, Gareth R.; Chapman, David J.; Eakins, Daniel E.; Proud, William G.

    2015-06-01

    Many significant geological minerals have anisotropic crystal structures leading to material properties that are anisotropic, including compressive elastic behaviour. A non-invasive approach to investigate the directional dependence of transverse stress in these materials during shock compression would supplement current understanding. As many geological minerals are transparent and hence optically anisotropic, measuring the change in birefringence induced by transverse stress in the material offers the possibility of a fast, non-invasive approach to probe transverse behaviour. Shock compression experiments have been performed on a-cut calcite and a-cut sapphire for strain rates of order 105 s-1 and up to longitudinal stresses of 2 GPa for calcite and 12 GPa for sapphire. We present measured changes in birefringence for these materials under shock compression, comparing with current and past literature as well as an in house optical model. The authors would like to thank Mr Steve Johnson and Mr David Pittman for technical support. The Institute of Shock Physics acknowledges the continued support of AWE and Imperial College London.

  14. Investigations on birefringence effects in polymer optical fiber Bragg gratings

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    Hu, X.; Sáez-Rodríguez, D.; Bang, O.; Webb, D. J.; Caucheteur, C.

    2014-05-01

    Step-index polymer optical fiber Bragg gratings (POFBGs) and microstructured polymer optical fiber Bragg gratings (mPOFBGs) present several attractive features, especially for sensing purposes. In comparison to FBGs written in silica fibers, they are more sensitive to temperature and pressure because of the larger thermo-optic coefficient and smaller Young's modulus of polymer materials. (M)POFBGs are most often photowritten in poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) materials using a continuous-wave 325 nm HeCd laser. For the first time to the best of our knowledge, we study photoinduced birefringence effects in (m)POFBGs. To achieve this, highly reflective gratings were inscribed with the phase mask technique. They were then monitored in transmission with polarized light. For this, (m)POF sections a few cm in length containing the gratings were glued to angled silica fibers. Polarization dependent loss (PDL) and differential group delay (DGD) were computed from the Jones matrix eigenanalysis using an optical vector analyser. Maximum values exceeding several dB and a few picoseconds were obtained for the PDL and DGD, respectively. The response to lateral force was finally investigated. As it induces birefringence in addition to the photo-induced one, an increase of the PDL and DGD values were noticed.

  15. Soliton Pulse Compression in a Dispersion Decreasing Elliptic Birefringent Fiber with Effective Gain and Effective Phase Modulation

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    Ganapathy, R.; Kuriakose, V. C.

    We have considered soliton pulse compression in a dispersion decreasing ideal elliptical birefringent fiber with phase modulation. We have shown that there is exact balancing between the effective gain and the effective phase modulation and as a result arrive at the fundamental soliton solution. For the various dispersion decreasing profiles we have considered, we have shown that the hyperbolic profile is the best suitable choice for the dispersion decreasing profile as it provides fairly good compression even after compensating for the fiber loss.

  16. Vacuum birefringence in strong inhomogeneous electromagnetic fields

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    Karbstein, Felix; Gies, Holger; Reuter, Maria; Zepf, Matt

    2015-10-01

    Birefringence is one of the fascinating properties of the vacuum of quantum electrodynamics (QED) in strong electromagnetic fields. The scattering of linearly polarized incident probe photons into a perpendicularly polarized mode provides a distinct signature of the optical activity of the quantum vacuum and thus offers an excellent opportunity for a precision test of nonlinear QED. Precision tests require accurate predictions and thus a theoretical framework that is capable of taking the detailed experimental geometry into account. We derive analytical solutions for vacuum birefringence which include the spatio-temporal field structure of a strong optical pump laser field and an x-ray probe. We show that the angular distribution of the scattered photons depends strongly on the interaction geometry and find that scattering of the perpendicularly polarized scattered photons out of the cone of the incident probe x-ray beam is the key to making the phenomenon experimentally accessible with the current generation of FEL/high-field laser facilities.

  17. Spectral characterization of nanostructured birefringent porous silicon.

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    Hakshur, Keren; Yifat, Yuval; Levin, Amit; Ruschin, Shlomo

    2015-12-20

    We present measurements and analysis of the reflection spectrum of white light from a highly birefringent porous silicon layer at different polarization states. We report an anomalous pattern in the spectrum of linearly polarized light at 45° with respect to the principal axes of the layer. This spectrum comprises a combination of two interference effects, namely the Fabry-Perot-type multiple-beam interference present in a simple thin film, and a two-wave interference caused by the beat of two combined orthogonally polarized waves propagating in the birefringent medium. We perform a Fourier analysis of the measured reflected spectra. This analysis furnishes a powerful tool in order to separate the two interference mechanisms and determine the degree of coherence of their superposition. PMID:26837030

  18. Compact snapshot birefringent imaging Fourier transform spectrometer

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    Kudenov, Michael W.; Dereniak, Eustace L.

    2010-08-01

    The design and implementation of a compact multiple-image Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS) is presented. Based on the multiple-image FTS originally developed by A. Hirai, the presented device offers significant advantages over his original implementation. Namely, its birefringent nature results in a common-path interferometer which makes the spectrometer insensitive to vibration. Furthermore, it enables the potential of making the instrument ultra-compact, thereby improving the portability of the sensor. The theory of the birefringent FTS is provided, followed by details of its specific embodiment. A laboratory proof of concept of the sensor, designed and developed at the Optical Detection Lab, is also presented. Spectral measurements of laboratory sources are provided, including measurements of light-emitting diodes and gas-discharge lamps. These spectra are verified against a calibrated Ocean Optics USB2000 spectrometer. Other data were collected outdoors, demonstrating the sensor's ability to resolve spectral signatures in standard outdoor lighting and environmental conditions.

  19. Polarimetric characterization of birefringent filter components.

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    Mudge, Jason; Mitchell, Keith; Tarbell, Theodore

    2015-01-10

    Over the past 75 years, birefringent filter technology has evolved significantly. For nearly that same period of time, these filters have been designed and used by solar scientists to study the Sun. Prior to assembling these types of filters, each component, e.g., polarizers and wave plates, is characterized to determine its polarimetric parameters to ensure the desired filter design performance. With time and cost becoming an ever increasing issue, it is imperative to test components designated for a birefringent filter efficiently. This article addresses a shift to increased efficiency when testing components of very low volume (<5 units) solar research filters that minimizes high-priced hardware expenditures, i.e., Mueller matrix spectropolarimeter. PMID:25967624

  20. Birefringence insensitive optical coherence domain reflectometry system

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    Everett, Matthew J.; Davis, Joseph G.

    2002-01-01

    A birefringence insensitive fiber optic optical coherence domain reflectometry (OCDR) system is provided containing non-polarization maintaining (non-PM) fiber in the sample arm and the reference arm without suffering from signal degradation caused by birefringence. The use of non-PM fiber significantly reduces the cost of the OCDR system and provides a disposable or multiplexed section of the sample arm. The dispersion in the reference arm and sample arm of the OCDR system are matched to achieve high resolution imaging. This system is useful in medical applications or for non-medical in situ probes. The disposable section of non-PM fiber in the sample arm can be conveniently replaced when contaminated by a sample or a patient.

  1. Reconsidering the origins of Forsbergh birefringence patterns

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    Schilling, A.; Kumar, A.; McQuaid, R. G. P.; Glazer, A. M.; Thomas, P. A.; Gregg, J. M.

    2016-07-01

    In 1949, Forsbergh, Jr. reported spontaneous spatial ordering in the birefringence patterns seen in flux-grown BaTi O3 crystals under the transmission polarized light microscope [Phys. Rev. 76, 1187 (1949), 10.1103/PhysRev.76.1187]. Stunningly regular square-net arrays were often only found within a finite temperature window and could be induced on both heating and cooling, suggesting genuine thermodynamic stability. At the time, Forsbergh rationalized the patterns to have resulted from the impingement of ferroelastic domains, creating a complex tessellation of variously shaped domain packets. However, no direct evidence for the intricate microstructural arrangement proposed by Forsbergh has subsequently been found. Moreover, there are no robust thermodynamic arguments to explain the finite region of thermal stability, its occurrence just below the Curie temperature, and the apparent increase in entropy associated with the loss of the Forsbergh pattern on cooling. Despite decades of research on ferroelectrics, this ordering phenomenon and its thermodynamic origin have hence remained a mystery. In this paper, we reexamine the microstructure of flux-grown BaTi O3 crystals, which show Forsbergh birefringence patterns. Given an absence of any obvious arrays of domain polyhedra or even regular shapes of domain packets, we suggest an alternative origin for the Forsbergh pattern in which sheets of orthogonally oriented ferroelastic stripe domains simply overlay one another. We show explicitly that the Forsbergh birefringence pattern occurs if the periodicity of the stripe domains is above a critical value. Moreover, by considering well-established semiempirical models, we show that the significant domain coarsening needed to generate the Forsbergh birefringence is fully expected in a finite window below the Curie temperature. We hence present a much more straightforward rationalization of the Forsbergh pattern than that originally proposed in which exotic thermodynamic

  2. Spectral-Content Readout Of Birefringent Sensor

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    Redner, Alex S.

    1993-01-01

    Stresses and strains measured optically at temperatures up to 2,000 degrees F. Spectrum of light processed through polarizer, sensor, analyzer, and associated optical components measured and processed to extract amount of retardation and, equivalently, stress-induced birefringence in sensor. Method offers same advantages as electrical strain sensors, including acquisition of data from multiple locations and under dynamic conditions. Additional advantage: immunity of fiber-optic transmission to interference by electromagnetic interference at radio and lower frequencies.

  3. Performance analysis of intracavity birefringence sensing

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    Yoshino, Toshihiko

    2008-05-10

    The performance of intracavity birefringence sensing by use of a standing-wave laser is theoretically analyzed when the cavity involves internal reflection. On the three-mirror compound cavity model, the condition for converting an optical path length into a laser frequency or a retardation into an optical beat frequency with good linearity and little uncertainty is derived as a function of the cavity parameters and is numerically analyzed.

  4. Coherent control of birefringence and optical activity

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    Mousavi, Seyedmohammad A.; Plum, Eric; Shi, Jinhui; Zheludev, Nikolay I.

    2014-07-01

    We show that polarization effects due to anisotropy and chirality affecting a wave propagating through a thin slab of material can be controlled by another electromagnetic wave. No nonlinearity of the metamaterial slab is required and the control can be exercised at arbitrarily low intensities. In proof-of-principle experiments with anisotropic and chiral microwave metamaterials, we show that manifestations of linear and circular birefringence and dichroism can be modulated by the control wave from their maximum value to zero.

  5. Periodic femtosecond filamentation in birefringent media

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    Blonskyi, I.; Kadan, V.; Shynkarenko, Y.; Yarusevych, O.; Korenyuk, P.; Puzikov, V.; Grin', L.

    2015-09-01

    We report on the experimental observation of periodic modulation of the axial luminescence intensity along the femtosecond filament track in sapphire and crystal quartz. The physical reason for the modulation is a cyclic transformation of the polarization state of the light pulse traveling in birefringent medium, caused by the phase raid between the ordinary and extraordinary rays, and different cross sections of multiphoton absorption for linear and circular polarizations.

  6. Femtosecond laser pulse induced birefringence in optically isotropic glass.

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    Vawter, Gregory Allen; Luk, Ting Shan; Guo, Junpeng; Yang, Pin; Burns, George Robert

    2003-07-01

    We used a regeneratively amplified Ti:sapphire femtosecond laser to create optical birefringence in an isotropic glass medium. Between two crossed polarizers, regions modified by the femtosecond laser show bright transmission with respect to the dark background of the isotropic glass. This observation immediately suggests that these regions possess optical birefringence. The angular dependence of transmission through the laser-modified region is consistent with that of an optically birefringent material. Laser-induced birefringence is demonstrated in different glasses, including fused silica and borosilicate glass. Experimental results indicate that the optical axes of laser-induced birefringence can be controlled by the polarization direction of the femtosecond laser. The amount of laser-induced birefringence depends on the pulse energy level and number of accumulated pulses.

  7. Highly birefringent low-mode-asymmetry microstructured optical fibres

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    Denisov, A N; Levchenko, A E; Semenov, S L; Dianov, Evgenii M

    2011-03-31

    A novel birefringent microstructured fibre (BMF) design is proposed, and its birefringence and dispersion characteristics are analysed using the finite element method. The results indicate that the proposed BMF design ensures high birefringence ({approx}5x10{sup -3}) at a low mode asymmetry. At a certain core ellipticity, the BMF configurations considered may have equal mode field sizes along two orthogonal axes. (fibre optics)

  8. Using cellophane tape to experience interference birefringent filters

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    Puerto, D.; Velásquez, P.; Sánchez-López, M. M.; Moreno, I.; Mateos, F.

    2005-10-01

    In this work we propose and demonstrate a very simple method to fabricate interference multilayer birefringent filters. We employ the birefringence properties of common cellophane. Cellophane tape layers can be very easily superimposed with different orientations in order to generate different spectral responses. We experimentally demonstrate this behaviour with the aid of a portable spectrophotometer. This technique represents a simple and inexpensive way of experimentally investigating the optical properties of birefringent filters.

  9. Detecting strain in birefringent materials using spectral polarimetry

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    Ragucci, Anthony J. (Inventor); Cisar, Alan J. (Inventor); Huebschman, Michael L. (Inventor); Garner, Harold R. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A method, computer program product and system for analyzing multispectral images from a plurality of regions of birefringent material, such as a polymer film, using polarized light and a corresponding polar analyzer to identify differential strain in the birefringent material. For example, the birefringement material may be low-density polyethylene (LDPE), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyvinylidene chloride, polyester, nylon, or cellophane film. Optionally, the method includes generating a real-time quantitative strain map.

  10. Two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy with birefringent wedges.

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    Réhault, Julien; Maiuri, Margherita; Oriana, Aurelio; Cerullo, Giulio

    2014-12-01

    We present a simple experimental setup for performing two-dimensional (2D) electronic spectroscopy in the partially collinear pump-probe geometry. The setup uses a sequence of birefringent wedges to create and delay a pair of phase-locked, collinear pump pulses, with extremely high phase stability and reproducibility. Continuous delay scanning is possible without any active stabilization or position tracking, and allows to record rapidly and easily 2D spectra. The setup works over a broad spectral range from the ultraviolet to the near-IR, it is compatible with few-optical-cycle pulses and can be easily reconfigured to two-colour operation. A simple method for scattering suppression is also introduced. As a proof of principle, we present degenerate and two-color 2D spectra of the light-harvesting complex 1 of purple bacteria. PMID:25554272

  11. Two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy with birefringent wedges

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    Réhault, Julien; Maiuri, Margherita; Oriana, Aurelio; Cerullo, Giulio

    2014-12-01

    We present a simple experimental setup for performing two-dimensional (2D) electronic spectroscopy in the partially collinear pump-probe geometry. The setup uses a sequence of birefringent wedges to create and delay a pair of phase-locked, collinear pump pulses, with extremely high phase stability and reproducibility. Continuous delay scanning is possible without any active stabilization or position tracking, and allows to record rapidly and easily 2D spectra. The setup works over a broad spectral range from the ultraviolet to the near-IR, it is compatible with few-optical-cycle pulses and can be easily reconfigured to two-colour operation. A simple method for scattering suppression is also introduced. As a proof of principle, we present degenerate and two-color 2D spectra of the light-harvesting complex 1 of purple bacteria.

  12. Two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy with birefringent wedges

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    Réhault, Julien; Maiuri, Margherita; Oriana, Aurelio; Cerullo, Giulio

    2014-12-15

    We present a simple experimental setup for performing two-dimensional (2D) electronic spectroscopy in the partially collinear pump-probe geometry. The setup uses a sequence of birefringent wedges to create and delay a pair of phase-locked, collinear pump pulses, with extremely high phase stability and reproducibility. Continuous delay scanning is possible without any active stabilization or position tracking, and allows to record rapidly and easily 2D spectra. The setup works over a broad spectral range from the ultraviolet to the near-IR, it is compatible with few-optical-cycle pulses and can be easily reconfigured to two-colour operation. A simple method for scattering suppression is also introduced. As a proof of principle, we present degenerate and two-color 2D spectra of the light-harvesting complex 1 of purple bacteria.

  13. Birefringent filter design by use of a modified genetic algorithm.

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    Wen, Mengtao; Yao, Jianping

    2006-06-10

    A modified genetic algorithm is proposed for the optimization of fiber birefringent filters. The orientation angles and the element lengths are determined by the genetic algorithm to minimize the sidelobe levels of the filters. Being different from the normal genetic algorithm, the algorithm proposed reduces the problem space of the birefringent filter design to achieve faster speed and better performance. The design of 4-, 8-, and 14-section birefringent filters with an improved sidelobe suppression ratio is realized. A 4-section birefringent filter designed with the algorithm is experimentally realized. PMID:16761031

  14. Transfer matrix for treating stratified media including birefringent crystals.

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    Essinger-Hileman, Thomas

    2013-01-10

    Birefringent crystals are extensively used to manipulate polarized light. The generalized transfer matrix developed allows efficient calculation of the full polarization state of light transmitted through and reflected by a stack of arbitrarily many discrete layers of isotropic and birefringent materials at any frequency and angle of incidence. The matrix of a uniaxial birefringent crystal with arbitrary rotation is calculated, along with its reduction to the matrix of an isotropic medium. This method is of great practical importance where tight control of systematic effects is needed in optical systems employing birefringent crystals, one example being wave plates used by cosmic microwave background polarimetry with wide field-of-view telescopes. PMID:23314637

  15. Measurement errors induced by axis tilt of biplates in dual-rotating compensator Mueller matrix ellipsometers

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    Gu, Honggang; Zhang, Chuanwei; Jiang, Hao; Chen, Xiuguo; Li, Weiqi; Liu, Shiyuan

    2015-06-01

    Dual-rotating compensator Mueller matrix ellipsometer (DRC-MME) has been designed and applied as a powerful tool for the characterization of thin films and nanostructures. The compensators are indispensable optical components and their performances affect the precision and accuracy of DRC-MME significantly. Biplates made of birefringent crystals are commonly used compensators in the DRC-MME, and their optical axes invariably have tilt errors due to imperfect fabrication and improper installation in practice. The axis tilt error between the rotation axis and the light beam will lead to a continuous vibration in the retardance of the rotating biplate, which further results in significant measurement errors in the Mueller matrix. In this paper, we propose a simple but valid formula for the retardance calculation under arbitrary tilt angle and azimuth angle to analyze the axis tilt errors in biplates. We further study the relations between the measurement errors in the Mueller matrix and the biplate axis tilt through simulations and experiments. We find that the axis tilt errors mainly affect the cross-talk from linear polarization to circular polarization and vice versa. In addition, the measurement errors in Mueller matrix increase acceleratively with the axis tilt errors in biplates, and the optimal retardance for reducing these errors is about 80°. This work can be expected to provide some guidences for the selection, installation and commissioning of the biplate compensator in DRC-MME design.

  16. Birefringence gradient development during drying of solution cast functional films and their mechanical, optical and gas barrier properties

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    Yucel, Orcun

    For the first time, the development of optical anisotropy gradient as a result of solvent evaporation for poly (amide-imide) (PAI) solution in Dimethylacetamide (DMAc) was investigated. Experiments were carried out using real time optical measurement with spectral birefringence technique coupled with off-line optical techniques such as Abbe refractometer and optical compensator method. Drying process induced temporal evolution of non-uniform out of plane birefringence profile through the thickness direction while in plane birefringence remained zero. The highest birefringence was observed at the substrate-solution interface at early stages of drying. Beyond a critical time, the formation of highly oriented layer was observed at the air-solution interface. This oriented layer progresses through the thickness direction as the solvent concentration is disproportionately reduced in these regions. Abbe refractometer results confirmed the anisotropy is preserved at longer drying times, air-solution interface birefringence becoming higher compared to substrate-solution interface. Overall, observations obtained by real-time measurement system agreed with off-line measurements. In additon, multifunctional single and triple-layer films exhibiting flexibility, high modulus and high gas barrier properties were developed using a soluble polyamide-imide (PAI) in dimethylacetamide (DMAc) with ammonium-modified montmorillonite (MMT, Cloisite 30B) mineral clay. The drying behavior and associated anisotropy development were determined real-time, using a newly developed real-time measurement system. Increase in organoclay content resulted in higher viscosity values. This behavior was reversed at high shear rates. Out-of-plane birefringence development occurred earlier for thinner neat samples caused by increased depletion rate of solvent. Addition of organoclay content resulted in a decrease in evaporation rate of solvent due to planar orientation of well exfoliated nanoplatelets as

  17. Linear birefringence in split-ring resonators.

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    Iyer, Srinivasan; Popov, Sergei; Friberg, Ari T

    2012-06-01

    We study polarization-dependent transmission of light through arrays of single-slit split-ring resonator (SSRR) based systems at normal incidence using finite integration time domain (FITD) and finite element methods (FEM). It is found that a conventional planar array of SSRRs acts as an effective optical wave plate at certain polarizations of incident light. The effect is attributed to the intrinsic linear birefringence of individual SSRRs. A comparison is made with other split-ring resonator-based systems exhibiting wave-plate-like properties due to inter-SSRR coupling. PMID:22660115

  18. Experiment to measure vacuum birefringence: Conceptual design

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    Mueller, Guido; Tanner, David; Doebrich, Babette; Poeld, Jan; Lindner, Axel; Willke, Benno

    2016-03-01

    Vacuum birefringence is another lingering challenge which will soon become accessible to experimental verification. The effect was first calculated by Euler and Heisenberg in 1936 and is these days described as a one-loop correction to the differential index of refraction between light which is polarized parallel and perpendicular to an external magnetic field. Our plan is to realize (and slightly modify) an idea which was originally published by Hall, Ye, and Ma using advanced LIGO and LISA technology and the infrastructure of the ALPS light-shining-through-walls experiment following the ALPS IIc science run. This work is supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Heising-Simons Foundation.

  19. Electric birefringence spectroscopy of montmorillonite particles.

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    Arenas-Guerrero, Paloma; Iglesias, Guillermo R; Delgado, Ángel V; Jiménez, María L

    2016-06-14

    Electric birefringence (EB) of suspensions of anisotropic particles can be considered an electrokinetic phenomenon in a wide sense, as both liquid motions and polarization of the electrical double layer (EDL) of the particles participate in the process of particle orientation under the applied field. The EB spectrum can be exploited for obtaining information on the dimensions, average value and anisotropy of the surface conductivity of the particles, and the concentration and Maxwell-Wagner polarization of the EDLs. It is thus a highly informative technique, applicable to non-spherical particles. In this paper, we investigate the birefringent response of plate-like montmorillonite particles as a function of the frequency and amplitude of the applied AC electric field, for different compositions (pH, ionic strength, particle concentration) of the suspensions. The transient electric birefringence (i.e., the decay of the refractive index anisotropy with time when the field is switched off) is used for estimating the average dimensions of the particle axes, by modeling it as an oblate spheroid. The obtained values are very similar to those deduced from electron microscopy determinations. The frequency spectra show a very distinct behaviour at low (on the order of a few Hz) and high (up to several MHz) frequencies: the α and Maxwell-Wagner-O'Konski relaxations, characteristic of EDLs, are detected at frequencies above 10 kHz, and they can be well explained using electrokinetic models for the polarization of EDLs. At low frequencies, in contrast, the birefringence changes to negative, an anomalous response meaning that the particles tend to orient with their symmetry axis parallel to the field. This anomaly is weaker at basic pH values, high ionic strengths and low concentrations. The results can be explained by considering the polydispersity of real samples: the fastest particles redistribute around the slowest ones, inducing a hydrodynamic torque opposite to that of

  20. Superluminal group velocity in a birefringent crystal

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    Halvorsen, Tore Gunnar; Leinaas, Jon Magne

    2008-02-15

    We examine the effect of superluminal signal propagation through a birefringent crystal, where the effect is not due to absorption or reflection, but to the filtration of a special polarization component. We first examine the effect by a stationary phase analysis, with results consistent with those of an earlier analysis of the system. We supplement this analysis by considering the transit of a Gaussian wave and find bounds for the validity of the stationary phase result. The propagation of the Gaussian wave is illustrated by figures.

  1. Method and apparatus for measuring birefringent particles

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    Bishop, James K.; Guay, Christopher K.

    2006-04-18

    A method and apparatus for measuring birefringent particles is provided comprising a source lamp, a grating, a first polarizer having a first transmission axis, a sample cell and a second polarizer having a second polarization axis. The second polarizer has a second polarization axis that is set to be perpendicular to the first polarization axis, and thereby blocks linearly polarized light with the orientation of the beam of light passing through the first polarizer. The beam of light passing through the second polarizer is measured using a detector.

  2. Measurement of birefringence inside a filament

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    Yuan Shuai; Wang, Tie-Jun; Chin, See Leang; Kosareva, Olga; Panov, Nikolay; Makarov, Vladimir; Zeng Heping

    2011-07-15

    We quantified the ultrafast birefringence induced in the filament in an atomic gas by measuring the filament-induced polarization rotation of a probe pulse. Based on the dephasing of the probe's orthogonal polarization components in argon, the experiment was done at 1 atm by copropagating a linearly polarized 400-nm probe pulse with an 800-nm pump pulse which generated the filament. The probe's elliptical polarization states were shown under various initial pump-probe polarization schemes. These states were verified by comparing the filament-induced probe polarization rotation angle and the ellipticity of the probe polarization.

  3. Microwave photonic phase shifter based on birefringence effects in a semiconductor optical amplifier.

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    Chen, Han; Sun, Mingming; Ding, Yi; Sun, Xiaohan

    2013-09-01

    A continuously tunable microwave photonic (MWP) phase shifter based on birefringence effects in a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) is presented and the theoretical fundamentals of the design are explained. This proposed device provides a high efficiency phase-shift tuning range beyond 2π rad by controlling the SOA launch power. A prototype of the MWP phase shifter with a frequency of 10 GHz and 2π rad tuning range is experimentally demonstrated. PMID:23988932

  4. Optimized retinal nerve fiber layer segmentation based on optical reflectivity and birefringence for polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography

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    Wang, Bingqing; Paranjape, Amit S.; Yin, Biwei; Liu, Shuang; Markey, Mia K.; Milner, Thomas E.; Rylander, H. Grady, III

    2011-09-01

    Segmentation of the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) from swept source polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (SS-PSOCT) images is required to determine RNFL thickness and calculate birefringence. Traditional RNFL segmentation methods based on image processing and boundary detection algorithms utilize only optical reflectivity contrast information, which is strongly affected by speckle noise. We present a novel approach to segment the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) using SS-PSOCT images including both optical reflectivity and phase retardation information. The RNFL anterior boundary is detected based on optical reflectivity change due to refractive index difference between the vitreous and inner limiting membrane. The posterior boundary of the RNFL is a transition zone composed of birefringent axons extending from retinal ganglion cells and may be detected by a change in birefringence. A posterior boundary detection method is presented that segments the RNFL by minimizing the uncertainty of RNFL birefringence determined by a Levenberg-Marquardt nonlinear fitting algorithm. Clinical results from a healthy volunteer show that the proposed segmentation method estimates RNFL birefringence and phase retardation with lower uncertainty and higher continuity than traditional intensity-based approaches.

  5. Study of stress birefringence for 193-nm immersion photomasks

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    Cotte, Eric; Selle, Michael; Bubke, Karsten; Teuber, Silvio

    2005-06-01

    The goal of the present study was to investigate and quantify reticle stress birefringence in exposure conditions. Birefringence can arise in fused silica photomask substrates due to their state of stress, and cause optical effects such as phase front distortion, ray bifurcation, and polarization changes. These effects potentially produce image blurring and illumination non-uniformity, leading to lower resolution and CD variations, respectively. The main sources of substrate stress studied were the absorber stack, the mounting of a pellicle, and the impact of initial reticle bow when chucking in an exposure tool. Jones calculus was used to relate birefringence at discrete locations in the reticle, derived from the state of stress, to the net birefringence experienced by light passing through the mask. Experimentally-obtained birefringence data as well as analytical calculations of stress birefringence caused by known states of stress were used to validate the models. These results can then be compared to photomask birefringence specifications or employed in optical simulations to determine the precise impact of this substrate stress birefringence.

  6. Direct measurement of birefringence in ion-exchanged planar waveguides

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    Fazio, E.; Ramadan, W. A.; Bertolotti, M.; Righini, G. C.

    1996-08-01

    A direct measurement of the birefringence of a planar waveguide obtained by Na+ - K + ion exchange was performed with a double Lloyd interferometer. The results are compared with those obtained by a round-robin test involving the same sample. Birefringence of as much as Delta n=(2.0+/-0.2) \\times 10-3 was measured.

  7. Special Temperature Features of the Birefringence of Lithium Tetraborate Crystals

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    Kushnir, O. S.; Burak, Ya. V.; Bevz, A. A.; Shopa, Ya. I.

    2000-05-01

    Using the Senarmont polarimetric method, the optical birefringence of lithium tetraborate crystals Li2B4O7 in the 290 480 K range was measured. The steplike temperature dependence of birefringence, the thermal hysteresis, and the thermooptic memory effect were observed, which are most likely associated with the presence of incommensurate phase modulation in lithium tetraborate.

  8. Form birefringence in porous semiconductors and dielectrics: A review

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    Golovan', L. A. Kashkarov, P. K.; Timoshenko, V. Yu.

    2007-07-15

    The phenomenon of optical anisotropy in porous semiconductors and dielectrics (porous silicon, gallium phosphide, and alumina) and photonic crystal structures formed on their basis is reviewed. It is shown that anisotropic nanostructuring of initially isotropic media leads to the occurrence of strong birefringence. Applicability of the effective-medium model to description of the form birefringence in porous semiconductors and dielectrics is discussed.

  9. Correction for losses in optical birefringent networks, a concept

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    Amman, E. O.

    1968-01-01

    Technique determines the effects of losses upon the performance of a birefringent network and shows how the desired amplitude transmittance of the network may be corrected /or predistorted/, prior to synthesizing the birefringent network, to prevent the effects of crystal losses.

  10. Interference birefringent filters fabricated with low cost commercial polymers

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    Velasquez, Pablo; del Mar Sánchez-López, María; Moreno, Ignacio; Puerto, Daniel; Mateos, Felipe

    2005-04-01

    We discuss a simple method for fabricating interference birefringent filters using common cellophane tape layers. Cellophane tape layers can be superimposed with different orientations to generate different spectral responses. We demonstrate this behavior with a portable spectrophotometer. This technique is a simple and inexpensive way of investigating the optical properties of birefringent filters.

  11. Dual function microscope for quantitative DIC and birefringence imaging

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    Li, Chengshuai; Zhu, Yizheng

    2016-03-01

    A spectral multiplexing interferometry (SXI) method is presented for integrated birefringence and phase gradient measurement on label-free biological specimens. With SXI, the retardation and orientation of sample birefringence are simultaneously encoded onto two separate spectral carrier waves, generated by a crystal retarder oriented at a specific angle. Thus sufficient information for birefringence determination can be obtained from a single interference spectrum, eliminating the need for multiple acquisitions with mechanical rotation or electrical modulation. In addition, with the insertion of a Nomarski prism, the setup can then acquire quantitative differential interference contrast images. Red blood cells infected by malaria parasites are imaged for birefringence retardation as well as phase gradient. The results demonstrate that the SXI approach can achieve both quantitative phase imaging and birefringence imaging with a single, high-sensitivity system.

  12. Carrier and chain formation dependence of birefringence in magnetic fluids

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    Abu-Safia, H.; Abu-Aljarayesh, I.; El-Ghanem, H. M.; Yusuf, N. A.

    1992-01-01

    Measurements of the birefringence in Fe 3O 4 magnetic fluids were undertaken in the temperature range 190-313 K in magnetic fields up to 0.7 kOe. Our results show that the birefringence increases with temperature exhibiting a maximum near the melting point, Tm, of the liquid carrier (kerosene, decalin and Isopar M). For T > Tm the birefringence follows a generalized Curie-Weiss law yielding positive ordering temperatures for the three samples. Moreover, our results show that the birefringence behaves irreversibly with temperature, in the decalin based sample. The results also show that the magnitude of the birefringence and the shape of the maximum change with the applied magnetic fields.

  13. Stokes parameters modulator for birefringent filters

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    Dollfus, A.

    1985-01-01

    The Solar Birefringent Filter (Filter Polarisiant Solaire Selectif FPSS) of Meudon Observatory is presently located at the focus of a solar refractor with a 28 cm lens directly pointed at the Sun. It produces a diffraction limited image without instrumental polarization and with a spectral resolution of 46,000 in a field of 6 arc min. diameter. The instrument is calibrated for absolute Doppler velocity measurements and is presently used for quantitative imagery of the radial velocity motions in the photosphere. The short period oscillations are recorded. Work of adapting the instrument for the imagery of the solar surface in the Stokes parameters is discussed. The first polarizer of the birefringent filter, with a reference position angle 0 deg, is associated with a fixed quarter wave plate at +45 deg. A rotating quarter wave plate is set at 0 deg and can be turned by incremented steps of exactly +45 deg. Another quarter wave plate also initially set at 0 deg is simultaneously incremented by -45 deg but only on each even step of the first plate. A complete cycle of increments produces images for each of the 6 parameters I + or - Q, I + or - U and I + or - V. These images are then subtracted by pairs to produce a full image in the three Stokes parameters Q, U and V. With proper retardation tolerance and positioning accuracy of the quarter wave plates, the cross talk between the Stokes parameters was calculated and checked to be minimal.

  14. Nematic liquid crystals exhibiting high birefringence

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    Thingujam, Kiranmala; Bhattacharjee, Ayon; Choudhury, Basana; Dabrowski, Roman

    2016-06-01

    Two fluorinated isothiocyanato nematic liquid crystalline compounds, 4'-butylcyclohexyl-3, 5-difluoro-4-isothiocyanatobiphenyl and 4'-pentylcyclohexyl-3, 5-difluoro-4-isothiocynatobiphenyl are studied in detail to obtain their different physical parameters. Optical polarizing microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, density and dielectric studies have been carried out for the two samples. Both the samples were found to have high clearing temperature (>100 °C) and exhibit small enthalpy of transition. The two samples exhibit high optical birefringence (Δ n > 0.2). The values of order parameters for the two samples were obtained using different approaches, namely, Vuks', Neugebauer's, modified Vuks' and direct extrapolation method from birefringence data. Experimentally obtained values of order parameters have also been compared with theoretical Maier-Saupe values. The parallel and perpendicular components of dielectric permittivity values of the two compounds were also calculated and their anisotropy values were found to be small. The effect of temperature on the molecular dipole moment μ and the angle of inclination β of the dipole axis with the director have also been investigated in this work.

  15. Dual-wavelength polarimetric glucose sensing in the presence of birefringence and motion artifact using anterior chamber of the eye phantoms

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    Malik, Bilal H.; Pirnstill, Casey W.; Coté, Gerard L.

    2013-01-01

    Noninvasive glucose monitoring is being investigated as a tool for effectively managing diabetes mellitus. Optical polarimetry has emerged as one such method, which can potentially be used to ascertain blood glucose levels by measuring the aqueous humor glucose levels in the anterior chamber of the eye. The key limitation for realizing this technique is the presence of sample noise due to corneal birefringence, which in the presence of motion artifact can confound the glucose signature in the aqueous humor of the eye. We present the development and characterization of a real-time, closed-loop, dual-wavelength polarimetric system for glucose monitoring using both a custom-built plastic eye phantom (in vitro) and isolated rabbit corneas (ex vivo) mounted in an artificial anterior chamber. The results show that the system can account for these noise sources and can monitor physiologic glucose levels accurately for a limited range of motion-induced birefringence. Using the dual-wavelength system in vitro and ex vivo, standard errors were 14.5 mg/dL and 22.4 mg/dL, respectively, in the presence of birefringence with motion. The results indicate that although dual-wavelength polarimetry has a limited range of compensation for motion-induced birefringence, when aligned correctly, it can minimize the effect of time-varying corneal birefringence for a range of motion larger than what has been reported in vivo.

  16. Dual-wavelength polarimetric glucose sensing in the presence of birefringence and motion artifact using anterior chamber of the eye phantoms

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    Pirnstill, Casey W.; Coté, Gerard L.

    2013-01-01

    Abstract. Noninvasive glucose monitoring is being investigated as a tool for effectively managing diabetes mellitus. Optical polarimetry has emerged as one such method, which can potentially be used to ascertain blood glucose levels by measuring the aqueous humor glucose levels in the anterior chamber of the eye. The key limitation for realizing this technique is the presence of sample noise due to corneal birefringence, which in the presence of motion artifact can confound the glucose signature in the aqueous humor of the eye. We present the development and characterization of a real-time, closed-loop, dual-wavelength polarimetric system for glucose monitoring using both a custom-built plastic eye phantom (in vitro) and isolated rabbit corneas (ex vivo) mounted in an artificial anterior chamber. The results show that the system can account for these noise sources and can monitor physiologic glucose levels accurately for a limited range of motion-induced birefringence. Using the dual-wavelength system in vitro and ex vivo, standard errors were 14.5  mg/dL and 22.4  mg/dL, respectively, in the presence of birefringence with motion. The results indicate that although dual-wavelength polarimetry has a limited range of compensation for motion-induced birefringence, when aligned correctly, it can minimize the effect of time-varying corneal birefringence for a range of motion larger than what has been reported in vivo. PMID:23299516

  17. Pulsed laser induced birefringence switching in a biopolymer matrix containing azo-dye molecules

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    Mysliwiec, Jaroslaw; Ziemienczuk, Marta; Miniewicz, Andrzej

    2011-07-01

    All optical switching has been studied using the Optical Kerr Effect (OKE) configuration in a biopolymer matrix containing an azo-dye: the Disperse Orange 3 (DO3). The biopolymer system consisted of a deoxyribonucleic acid blended with cationic surfactant molecule cetyltrimethyl-ammonium chloride is suitable for optical quality thin film fabrication. The excitation beams inducing birefringence were delivered from a continuous wave laser at 532 nm and another nanosecond pulsed Nd: YAG laser. The birefringence was instantaneously monitored under crossed polarizer system by a weak non-absorbed light from a cw He-Ne laser working at 632.8 nm. Fast all optical switching process (in the range of microseconds) and excellent reversibility have been observed.

  18. Current sensing using circularly birefringent twisted solid-core photonic crystal fiber.

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    Beravat, R; Wong, G K L; Xi, X M; Frosz, M H; St J Russell, P

    2016-04-01

    Continuously twisted solid-core photonic crystal fiber (PCF) exhibits pure circular birefringence (optical activity), making it ideal for current sensors based on the Faraday effect. By numerical analysis, we identify the PCF geometry for which the circular birefringence (which scales linearly with twist rate) is a maximum. For silica-air PCF, this occurs at a shape parameter (diameter-to-spacing ratio of the hollow channels) of 0.37 and a scale parameter (spacing-to-wavelength) of 1.51. This result is confirmed experimentally by testing a range of different structures. To demonstrate the effectiveness of twisted PCF as a current sensor, a length of fiber is placed on the axis of a 7.6 cm long solenoid, and the Faraday rotation is measured at different values of dc current. The system is then used to chart the wavelength dependence of the Verdet constant. PMID:27192315

  19. Compact real-time birefringent imaging spectrometer.

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    Kudenov, Michael W; Dereniak, Eustace L

    2012-07-30

    The design and experimental demonstration of a snapshot hyperspectral imaging Fourier transform (SHIFT) spectrometer is presented. The sensor, which is based on a multiple-image FTS (MFTS), offers significant advantages over previous implementations using Michelson interferometers. Specifically, its use of birefringent interferometry creates a vibration insensitive and ultra-compact (15x15x10 mm(3)) common-path interferometer while offering rapid reconstruction rates through the graphics processing unit. The SHIFT spectrometer's theory and experimental prototype are described in detail. Included are reconstruction and spectral calibration procedures, followed by the spectrometer's validation using measurements of gas-discharge lamps. Lastly, outdoor measurements demonstrate the sensor's ability to resolve spectral signatures in typical outdoor lighting and environmental conditions. PMID:23038346

  20. Detection of birefringent microcrystals in bile

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    Darrow, Chris; Mirhej, Andrew; Seger, Tino

    2003-09-30

    A transparent flow channel fluidly communicates a fluid source and a collection reservoir. A light beam passes through a first polarizer having a first plane of polarization. The flow channel is orthogonal to the light beam. The light beam passes through a fluid sample as it flows through the flow channel. The light beam is then filtered through a second polarizer having a second plane of polarization rotated 90.degree. from the first plane of polarization. The birefringence of certain crystalline materials present in the fluid sample rotates the plane of polarization of the light beam. The presence of these microcrystals thus causes a component of the beam to pass through the second polarizer and impinge an electronic photo-detector located in the path of the beam. The photo-detector signals the presence of the microcrystals by generating voltage pulses. A display device visually presents the quantitative results of the assay.

  1. Development of birefringent filters for spaceflight

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    Title, A. M.; Pope, T. P.; Ramsey, H. E.; Schoolman, S. A.

    1976-01-01

    The critical problem for flight of a birefringent filter is the shock mounting of the calcite. The design presented here bonds the calcite block with silicon rubbers to the calcite holder. The calcite together with its all necessary polarizers and rotating achromatic plates are mounted together in units called a filter module. By using a set of modules containing calcite crystals of differing lengths, a filter can be produced. A description of the modules is given. Also described is a container for the filter modules, which can be used both to hermetically seal the system or contain an index matching oil. The response of a filter element while being controlled by the Lockheed Temperature Control is described and the determination of the wavelength sensitivity to temperature of calcite is explained. Operation of the filter using a software control algorithm instead of a hardware temperature controller is shown. Some radiation considerations of filter systems are given.

  2. Integrated-optic polarization controllers incorporating polymer waveguide birefringence modulators.

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    Kim, Jun-Whee; Park, Su-Hyun; Chu, Woo-Sung; Oh, Min-Cheol

    2012-05-21

    Polarization controllers based on polymer waveguide technology are demonstrated by incorporating thermo-optic birefringence modulators (BMs) and thin-film wave plates. Highly birefringent polymer materials are used to increase the efficiency of birefringence modulation in proportion to the heating power. Thin-film quarter-wave plates are fabricated by using a crosslinkable liquid crystal, reactive mesogen, and inserted between the BMs to produce static phase retardation and polarization coupling. By applying a triangular AC signal to one BM and a DC signal to another, the polarization states of the output light are modulated to cover the entire surface of the Poincaré sphere. PMID:22714231

  3. Note: Ultra-low birefringence dodecagonal vacuum glass cell

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    Brakhane, Stefan Alt, Wolfgang; Meschede, Dieter; Robens, Carsten; Moon, Geol; Alberti, Andrea

    2015-12-15

    We report on an ultra-low birefringence dodecagonal glass cell for ultra-high vacuum applications. The epoxy-bonded trapezoidal windows of the cell are made of SF57 glass, which exhibits a very low stress-induced birefringence. We characterize the birefringence Δn of each window with the cell under vacuum conditions, obtaining values around 10{sup −8}. After baking the cell at 150 °C, we reach a pressure below 10{sup −10} mbar. In addition, each window is antireflection coated on both sides, which is highly desirable for quantum optics experiments and precision measurements.

  4. Note: Ultra-low birefringence dodecagonal vacuum glass cell

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    Brakhane, Stefan; Alt, Wolfgang; Meschede, Dieter; Robens, Carsten; Moon, Geol; Alberti, Andrea

    2015-12-01

    We report on an ultra-low birefringence dodecagonal glass cell for ultra-high vacuum applications. The epoxy-bonded trapezoidal windows of the cell are made of SF57 glass, which exhibits a very low stress-induced birefringence. We characterize the birefringence Δn of each window with the cell under vacuum conditions, obtaining values around 10-8. After baking the cell at 150 °C, we reach a pressure below 10-10 mbar. In addition, each window is antireflection coated on both sides, which is highly desirable for quantum optics experiments and precision measurements.

  5. The Curie-Weiss behavior of birefringence in ferrofluids

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    Yusuf, N. A.; Abu-Safia, H.; Abu-Aljarayesh, I.

    1993-05-01

    Measurements of birefringence in an Fe3O4 magnetic fluid with isopar-M as a liquid carrier were undertaken as a function of temperature for 100birefringence increases with temperature exhibiting a maximum at a certain temperature Tm. The position of Tm decreases with increasing field intensity. For T≳Tm the birefringence follows a Curie-Weiss-type behavior. The ordering temperature changes not only in magnitude but also in sign with increasing field intensity, being negative for H≳500 Oe.

  6. Photonic quasi-crystal fiber with high birefringence

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    Liu, Hongfei; Xiao, Wei; Cai, Weicheng; Liu, Exian; Feng, Bo; Wang, Ziming; Liang, Taiyuan; Wang, Shuo; Liu, Jianjun

    2016-03-01

    A high-birefringence photonic quasi-crystal fiber (HB-PQF) based on SiO2 is proposed. The relationships between birefringence and structure parameters and between beat length and structure parameters are researched by finite difference beam propagation method. With the optimization of fiber structure parameters, the birefringence is 1.4207×10-2, which is two orders of magnitude higher than the normally used fiber when the wavelength is 1.55 μm. The radius of the fiber is 6.5 μm. The HB-PQF in a communication sensor will have important application prospects.

  7. Polarization Compensation of Fresnel Aberrations in Telescopes

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    Clark, Natalie; Breckenridge, James B.

    2011-01-01

    Large aperture space telescopes are built with low F# s to accommodate the mechanical constraints of launch vehicles and to reduce resonance frequencies of the on-orbit system. Inherent with these low F# s is Fresnel polarization which affects image quality. We present the design and modeling of a nano-structure consisting of birefringent layers to control polarization and increase contrast. Analysis shows a device that functions across a 400nm bandwidth tunable from 300nm to 1200nm. This Fresnel compensator device has a cross leakage of less than 0.001 retardance.

  8. Angular tuning of the magnetic birefringence in rippled cobalt films

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    Arranz, Miguel A.; Colino, José M.

    2015-06-01

    We report the measurement of magnetically induced birefringence in rippled Co films. For this purpose, the magneto-optical properties of ion beam eroded ferromagnetic films were studied using Kerr magnetometry and magnetic birefringence in the transmitted light intensity. Upon sufficient ion sculpting, these ripple surface nanostructures developed a defined uniaxial anisotropy in the in-plane magnetization, finely tuning the magnetic birefringence effect. We have studied its dependence on the relative orientation between the ripple direction and the magnetic field, and found this effect to be dramatically correlated with the capability to neatly distinguish the mechanisms for the in-plane magnetization reversal, i.e., rotation and nucleation. This double refraction corresponds univocally to the two magnetization axes, parallel and perpendicular to the ripples direction. We have also observed that tuned birefringence in stack assemblies of rippled Co films, which enables us to technically manipulate the number and direction of refraction axes.

  9. Angular tuning of the magnetic birefringence in rippled cobalt films

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    Arranz, Miguel A.; Colino, José M.

    2015-06-22

    We report the measurement of magnetically induced birefringence in rippled Co films. For this purpose, the magneto-optical properties of ion beam eroded ferromagnetic films were studied using Kerr magnetometry and magnetic birefringence in the transmitted light intensity. Upon sufficient ion sculpting, these ripple surface nanostructures developed a defined uniaxial anisotropy in the in-plane magnetization, finely tuning the magnetic birefringence effect. We have studied its dependence on the relative orientation between the ripple direction and the magnetic field, and found this effect to be dramatically correlated with the capability to neatly distinguish the mechanisms for the in-plane magnetization reversal, i.e., rotation and nucleation. This double refraction corresponds univocally to the two magnetization axes, parallel and perpendicular to the ripples direction. We have also observed that tuned birefringence in stack assemblies of rippled Co films, which enables us to technically manipulate the number and direction of refraction axes.

  10. Luminescence from oriented emitting dipoles in a birefringent medium.

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    Moon, Chang-Ki; Kim, Sei-Yong; Lee, Jeong-Hwan; Kim, Jang-Joo

    2015-04-01

    We present an optical model to describe the luminescence from oriented emitting dipoles in a birefringent medium and validate the theoretical model through its applications to a dye doped organic thin film and organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). We demonstrate that the optical birefringence affects not only far-field radiation characteristics such as the angle-dependent emission spectrum and intensity from the thin film and OLEDs, but also the outcoupling efficiency of OLEDs. The orientation of emitting dipoles in a birefringent medium is successfully analyzed from the far-field radiation pattern of a thin film using the model. In addition, the birefringent model presented here provides a precise analysis of the angle-dependent EL spectra and efficiencies of OLEDs with the determined emitting dipole orientation. PMID:25968793

  11. Form birefringence in Kerr media: analytical formulation and rigorous theory.

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    Bej, Subhajit; Tervo, Jani; Svirko, Yuri P; Turunen, Jari

    2015-06-15

    Employing the first-order effective medium theory, we develop an analytical model that governs light propagation inside a form birefringent medium with isotropic dielectric Kerr nonlinear material. This analytical model is found to be in excellent agreement with the recently developed rigorous Fourier modal method for Kerr nonlinear material [J. Opt. Soc. Am. B31, 2371 (2014)JOSAAH0030-394110.1364/JOSAB.31.002371]. Theoretical results demonstrate that form birefringent linear gratings with Kerr nonlinear materials behave like uniaxial crystals. However, the magnitude of birefringence can be tuned with a change of the incident light intensity. This paves the way toward all-optical control of form birefringence by exploiting optical nonlinearities in subwavelength structures. PMID:26076294

  12. Anomalously temperature-independent birefringence in biaxial optical crystals

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    Grechin, Sergei G; Dmitriev, Valentin G; Dyakov, Vladimir A; Pryalkin, Vladimir I

    2000-01-31

    Temperature-independent birefringence in a biaxial crystal was predicted theoretically and observed experimentally for the first time. The width of the plot against temperature (the range corresponding to the temperature independence of the birefringence) at a fundamental radiation wavelength of 632.8 nm in a KTP crystal 5.9 mm long was more than 160{sup 0}C. (letters to the editor)

  13. Form Birefringence in Thin Films with Oblique Columnar Structures

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    Wang, Jian-Guo; Shao, Jian-Da; Wang, Su-Mei; He, Hong-Bo; Fan, Zheng-Xiu

    2005-08-01

    Effective medium theory is useful for designing optical elements with form birefringent subwavelength structures. Thin films fabricated by oblique deposition are similar to the two-dimensional surface relief subwavelength gratings. We use the effective medium theory to calculate the anisotropic optical properties of the thin films with oblique columnar structures. The effective refractive indices and the directions are calculated from effective medium theory. It is shown that optical thin films with predetermined refractive indices and birefringence may be engineered.

  14. Periodic reversal of magneto-optic Faraday rotation on uniaxial birefringence crystal with ultrathin magnetic films

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    Su, C. W.; Chang, S. C.; Chang, Y. C.

    2013-07-01

    An experimental approach of inclined incidence magneto-optic Faraday effect observed in the polar plane is applied. Three samples containing ferromagnetic cobalt ultrathin films on a semiconductor zinc oxide (0001) single crystal substrate with in-plane and out-of-plane anisotropy are evaluated. Through the fine adjustment of crossed polarizers in the magneto-optic effect measurement completely recorded the detail optical and magneto-optical responses from the birefringent crystal substrate and the magnetic film, especially for the signal induced from the substrate with uniaxial optical axis. The angle dependency of interference phenomena periodically from the optical and magneto-optical responses is attributed to the birefringence even in the absence of a magnetic field. The new type of observation finds that the transmission Faraday intensity in the oblique incidence includes a combination of polarization rotations, which results from optical compensation from the substrate and magneto-optical Faraday effects from the film. The samples grown at different rates and examined by this method exhibit magnetic structure discriminations. This result can be applied in the advanced polarized-light technologies to enhance the spatial resolution of magnetic surfaces with microstructural information under various magnetic field direction.

  15. Optical birefringence of liquid crystals for label-free optical biosensing diagnosis

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    Nguyen, Tan Tai; Han, Gyeo-Re; Jang, Chang-Hyun; Ju, Heongkyu

    2015-01-01

    Purpose We present a polarization-sensitive optical detection platform for label-free quantitative optical biosensing diagnosis using liquid crystals (LCs). This is capable of determining quantitatively the optical birefringence of optical cells containing LCs, whose orientation depends on the immobilized biomolecules. Patients and methods This technique uses a polarization-dependent double-port detection without any polarizer at a single wavelength and removes the need of aligning optical cells of LCs in the azimuthal direction, with respect to the light path through the optical cell. Thus, this technique enables a stand-alone detection in a relatively compact format without an additional optical instrument, such as a retardation compensator, a Michael–Levy chart, and a spectrophotometer, in order to determine the optical birefringence quantitatively. Results We demonstrate that bovine serum albumin immobilized on the gold surface of the cell hybrid interfaces that support both homeotropic and planar anchoring of LCs causes optical phase retardation change which can be determined quantitatively. We also provide estimation of the zenithal orientation of LCs near the gold surface of the hybrid interfaces, based on the phase retardation determined. The estimated limit of bovine serum albumin detection is approximately 2.1 μM. Conclusion This optical technique with LCs can serve an optical platform for label-free quantitative diagnosis of proteins in a real time manner. PMID:26347013

  16. 28 CFR 104.21 - Filing for compensation.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 28 Judicial Administration 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Filing for compensation. 104.21 Section 104.21 Judicial Administration DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (CONTINUED) SEPTEMBER 11TH VICTIM COMPENSATION FUND OF 2001 Filing for Compensation; Application for Advance Benefits § 104.21 Filing for compensation. (a) Compensation form; “filing.” Except...

  17. The influence of the fiber drawing process on intrinsic stress and the resulting birefringence optimization of PM fibers

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    Just, Florian; Spittel, Ron; Bierlich, Jörg; Grimm, Stephan; Jäger, Matthias; Bartelt, Hartmut

    2015-04-01

    The propagation properties of optical fibers can be significantly influenced by intrinsic stress. These effects are often undesired but in some cases essential for certain applications, e.g. in polarization maintaining (PM) fibers. In this paper, we present systematic studies on the influence of the fiber drawing process on the generated stress and demonstrate an approach to significantly increase the stress induced birefringence of PM-fibers. It is shown that the thermal stress caused by the material composition is superimposed with the mechanical stress caused by the fiber fabrication process. This intrinsic stress has a strong effect on the optical and mechanical properties of the glass and thus influences the fiber stability and modal behavior. By applying a thermal annealing step, the mechanical stress due to the fiber drawing process can be canceled. It is shown that this annealing step compensates the stress reducing influence of the drawing process on the birefringence of PM-fibers with panda structure. The comparison of the intrinsic stress states after fabrication with the state after the additional high temperature annealing step clearly shows that it is possible to improve the overall birefringence of panda fibers using appropriate preparation steps.

  18. Laser Induced Birefringence in Pure Liquids

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    Harrison, Neil J.

    1991-01-01

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. Laser induced birefringence or the Optical Kerr effect is a subject that has undergone much research over previous years and is an established technique for the study of many classes of materials. To date the measurements on various media have been characterized by the substantial time required to obtain results and the generally poor sensitivity of the apparatus used. This work describes the development of a new apparatus which is the first in the field to automate the signal capture and analysis utilizing a 1 Gigasample/second digitizing oscilloscope connected to a microcomputer to provide fast, accurate transient analysis. Careful design of the apparatus enabled operation at two inducing wavelengths of 532nm and 1064nm. The sensitivity and accuracy of the apparatus coupled with the rapid transient evaluation was tested on a number of well characterized samples including benzene, nitrobenzene, toluene and benzoyl chloride and was found to give excellent agreement with other workers. The apparatus was used to investigate the properties of the organic pure liquid series the n-alkanes before making the first measurements on the 1-alkenes, 1-alkynes, alcohols, carboxylic acids and three alkdienes. Results from these experiments were used to evaluate the contributions of sigma and pi bonds to the Optical Kerr effect in simple organic molecules. A review of all previously published Optical Kerr effect results for pure liquids was also carried out and the first comprehensive table of results complied.

  19. The PVLAS experiment: detecting vacuum magnetic birefringence

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    Zavattini, G.; Della Valle, F.; Gastaldi, U.; Messineo, G.; Milotti, E.; Pengo, R.; Piemontese, L.; Ruoso, G.

    2013-06-01

    The PVLAS collaboration is presently assembling a new apparatus to detect vacuum magnetic birefringence. This property is related to the structure of the QED vacuum and is predicted by the Euler-Heisenberg-Weisskopf effective Lagrangian. It can be detected by measuring the ellipticity acquired by a linearly polarised light beam propagating through a strong magnetic field. Here we report results of a scaled-down test setup and briefly describe the new PVLAS apparatus. This latter one is in construction and is based on a high-sensitivity ellipsometer with a high-finesse Fabry-Perot cavity (> 4×105) and two 0.8 m long 2.5 T rotating permanent dipole magnets. Measurements with the test setup have improved by a factor 2 the previous upper bound on the parameter Ae, which determines the strength of the nonlinear terms in the QED Lagrangian: Ae(PVLAS) < 3.3 × 10-21 T-2 95% c.l.

  20. Neural network calibration of a snapshot birefringent Fourier transform spectrometer with periodic phase errors.

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    Luo, David; Kudenov, Michael W

    2016-05-16

    Systematic phase errors in Fourier transform spectroscopy can severely degrade the calculated spectra. Compensation of these errors is typically accomplished using post-processing techniques, such as Fourier deconvolution, linear unmixing, or iterative solvers. This results in increased computational complexity when reconstructing and calibrating many parallel interference patterns. In this paper, we describe a new method of calibrating a Fourier transform spectrometer based on the use of artificial neural networks (ANNs). In this way, it is demonstrated that a simpler and more straightforward reconstruction process can be achieved at the cost of additional calibration equipment. To this end, we provide a theoretical model for general systematic phase errors in a polarization birefringent interferometer. This is followed by a discussion of our experimental setup and a demonstration of our technique, as applied to data with and without phase error. The technique's utility is then supported by comparison to alternative reconstruction techniques using fast Fourier transforms (FFTs) and linear unmixing. PMID:27409947

  1. Semiconductor optical amplifier direct modulation with double-stage birefringent fiber loop

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    Engel, Thomas; Rizou, Zoe V.; Zoiros, Kyriakos E.; Morel, Pascal

    2016-06-01

    The feasibility of cascading two birefringent fiber loops (BFLs) for directly modulating a conventional semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) at a faster data rate than that being possible by its limited electrical bandwidth is demonstrated for the first time. The experimental results reveal the improvements in the quality characteristics of the encoded signal compared to those achieved with a single-stage BFL. The observed trends are complemented by numerical simulations, which allow to investigate the impact of the double-stage BFL detuning and specify how this critical parameter must be selected for enhanced performance. Provided that it is properly tailored, the proposed optical notch filtering scheme efficiently compensates for the pattern-dependent SOA response and enables this element to be employed as intensity modulator with improved performance at enhanced data speeds.

  2. Techniques for Fast and Sensitive Measurements of Two-Dimensional Birefringence Distributions

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    Shribak, Michael; Oldenbourg, Rudolf

    2003-06-01

    We propose image processing algorithms for measuring two-dimensional distributions of linear birefringence using a pair of variable retarders. Several algorithms that use between two and five recorded frames allow us to optimize measurements for speed, sensitivity, and accuracy. We show images of asters, which consist of radial arrays of microtubule polymers recorded with a polarized light microscope equipped with a universal compensator. Our experimental results confirm our theoretical expectations. The lowest noise level of 0.036 nm was obtained when we used the five-frame technique and four-frame algorithm without extinction setting. The two-frame technique allows us to increase the speed of measurement with acceptable image quality.

  3. Polarization properties of fiber lasers with twist-induced circular birefringence

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    Kim, Ho Young; Lee, El Hang Kim, Byoung Yoon

    1997-09-01

    We have experimentally observed and theoretically analyzed the polarization properties of fiber lasers with twist-induced birefringence. Twisting a fiber induces the circular birefringence of a fiber laser cavity, and this birefringence reduces the effects of intrinsic linear birefringence on the polarization properties of fiber lasers. The frequencies of their polarization eigenmodes coincide with each other gradually as the twist rate increases, and the directions of polarization eigenmodes deviate from the birefringence axis at a much larger twist rate than the magnitude of intrinsic linear birefringence. We describe the successful experimental results for Nd and Er fiber lasers. {copyright} 1997 Optical Society of America

  4. Utility of birefringence changes due to collagen thermal denaturation rate process analysis: vessel wall temperature estimation for new short term heating balloon angioplasty

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    Kaneko, Kenji; Shimazaki, Natsumi; Gotoh, Maya; Nakatani, Eriko; Arai, Tsunenori

    2007-02-01

    Our photo thermal reaction heating architecture balloon realizes less than 10 s short term heating that can soften vessel wall collagen without damaging surrounding tissue thermally. New thermal balloon angioplasty, photo-thermo dynamic balloon angioplasty (PTDBA) has experimentally shown sufficient opening with 2 atm low pressure dilation and prevention of chronic phase restenosis and acute phase thrombus in vivo. Even though PTDBA has high therapeutic potential, the most efficient heating condition is still under study, because relationship of treatment and thermal dose to vessel wall is not clarified yet. To study and set the most efficient heating condition, we have been working on establishment of temperature history estimation method from our previous experimental results. Heating target of PTDBA, collagen, thermally denatures following rate process. Denaturation is able to be quantified with measured collagen birefringence value. To express the denaturation with equation of rate process, the following ex vivo experiments were performed. Porcine extracted carotid artery was soaked in two different temperature saline baths to enforce constant temperature heating. Higher temperature bath was set to 40 to 80 degree Celsius and soaking duration was 5 to 40 s. Samples were observed by a polarizing microscope and a scanning electron microscope. The birefringence was measured by polarizing microscopic system using Brace-Koehler compensator 1/30 wavelength. The measured birefringence showed temperature dependency and quite fit with the rate process equation. We think vessel wall temperature is able to be estimated using the birefringence changes due to thermal denaturation.

  5. Birefringence simulation of annealed ingot of calcium fluoride single crystal

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    Ogino, H.; Miyazaki, N.; Mabuchi, T.; Nawata, T.

    2008-01-01

    We developed a method for simulating birefringence of an annealed ingot of calcium fluoride single crystal caused by the residual stress after annealing process. The method comprises the heat conduction analysis that provides the temperature distribution during the ingot annealing, the elastic thermal stress analysis using the assumption of the stress-free temperature that provides the residual stress after annealing, and the birefringence analysis of an annealed ingot induced by the residual stress. The finite element method was applied to the heat conduction analysis and the elastic thermal stress analysis. In these analyses, the temperature dependence of material properties and the crystal anisotropy were taken into account. In the birefringence analysis, the photoelastic effect gives the change of refractive indices, from which the optical path difference in the annealed ingot is calculated by the Jones calculus. The relation between the Jones calculus and the approximate method using the stress components averaged along the optical path is discussed theoretically. It is found that the result of the approximate method agrees very well with that of the Jones calculus in birefringence analysis. The distribution pattern of the optical path difference in the annealed ingot obtained from the present birefringence calculation methods agrees reasonably well with that of the experiment. The calculated values also agree reasonably well with those of the experiment, when a stress-free temperature is adequately selected.

  6. Influence of birefringence splitting on ultrafast polarization oscillations in VCSELs

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    Lindemann, Markus; Gerhardt, Nils C.; Hofmann, Martin R.; Pusch, Tobias; Michalzik, Rainer

    2016-03-01

    Spin-VCSELs offer numerous advantages over conventional lasers like reduced threshold, spin amplification and ultrafast polarization dynamics. The latter have the potential to generate polarization modulation frequencies far above the conventional intensity relaxation oscillation frequency of one and the same device and thus can be an interesting basis for ultrafast optical data transmission. We have shown that fast polarization oscillations can be generated by pulsed spin injection. Furthermore the oscillation frequency can be tuned via modification of the VCSEL's cavity strain. Using this technique, oscillation frequencies with a tuning range from nearly zero up to 40 GHz can be demonstrated. In the device under study, this is more than six times the intensity relaxation oscillation frequency, which is nearly independent of the strain. Now we demonstrate the influence of the strain-induced birefringence splitting on the oscillation frequency. We find that the polarization oscillation frequency is directly corresponding to the birefringence splitting. The reason is that the polarization oscillates according to the beating frequency of the two orthogonal linearly polarized cavity modes in the VCSEL. In the case of spin-pumping, those two modes form the circular polarization output of the laser by superposition. Their frequencies are shifted by birefringence manipulation and form the basis of birefringence splitting. The measurement results are compared with simulations employing the spin-flip model. Our results show that high-frequency polarization oscillations can not only be generated with the help of external strain but with high birefringence splitting in general.

  7. Birefringence and Enhanced Stability in Stable Organic Glasses

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    Liu, Tianyi; Exarhos, Annemarie; Cheng, Kevin; Jia, Tiezheng; Walsh, Patrick; Kikkawa, Jay; Fakhraai, Zahra

    Stable glasses can be prepared by physical vapor depositing organic molecules onto a cold substrate at slow rates. These glasses have many exceptional properties such as high thermal stability, high density, and birefringence. Regardless of the molecular shape or intermolecular interactions, birefringence has been observed in various stable glasses produced at low temperatures (below 80% of the molecule's glass transition temperature, Tg) . Here we prepare stable glasses of an organic molecule, 9-(3,5-di(naphthalen-1-yl)phenyl)anthracene, that possesses a nearly isotropic shape and intrinsic fluorescence. Ellipsometry is used to show that all stable glasses prepared in the temperature range from 73% Tg to 97% Tgshow positive birefringence. Angle- and polarization- dependent photoluminescence measurements show isotropic molecular orientation in these optically birefringent glasses. Furthermore, the values of birefringence are strongly correlated with the enhanced density, implying a general origin of the observed anisotropy in stable glasses. This correlation can elucidate the role of packing in the formation of such high-density glasses. The authors would like to acknowledge Ethan Alguire and Joe Subotnik for simulation. Z.F. acknowledges funding from NSF CAREER (DMR-1350044). P.J.W. acknowledges funding from NSF (CHE-1152488). J.M.K acknowledges funding from NSF (DMR-1206270).

  8. Birefringence enhancement in annealed TiO2 thin films

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    van Popta, Andy C.; Cheng, June; Sit, Jeremy C.; Brett, Michael J.

    2007-07-01

    Postdeposition thermal annealing is used to enhance the form birefringence of nanostructured TiO2 thin films grown by electron-beam evaporation using the serial bideposition technique. Thin films were grown on fused silica substrates using oblique deposition angles between 60° and 75° and repetitive 180° substrate rotations to produce birefringent thin films that are structurally anisotropic. Postdeposition annealing in air, between 200 and 900°C, was used to increase the form birefringence of the films by changing the TiO2 phase from the as-deposited amorphous state to a polycrystalline state that exhibits a greater inherent density and larger bulk refractive index. The optical properties, microstructure, and crystallinity were characterized by Mueller matrix ellipsometry, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and x-ray diffraction. It was found that the in-plane birefringence increased significantly upon thermal annealing, in some cases yielding birefringence values that doubled in magnitude, from 0.11 to 0.22 at a wavelength of 550nm for films annealed at 400°C.

  9. Deposition, Characterization, And Simulation Of Thin Films With Form Birefringence

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    Jacobson, M. R.; Horowitz, F.; Liao, Bangjun

    1984-12-01

    Birefringence in optical thin films due to structure on a scale large compared to atoms but small compared to optical wavelengths, known as form birefringence (FB), was observed almost a century ago. More recently, studies of obliquely deposited metal films stimulated new interest in birefringent films. The link between structure, which is predominantly columnar in evaporated thin films, and birefringence has been conclusively demonstrated through ellipsometric measurement and modeling. Direct measurements of form birefringence are especially tedious in tilted films, since essentially four quantities must be derived: three indices of refraction and the film thickness. Clearly, four measurements are required; Horowitz' used an ellipsometric method to perform such measurements on a zirconium oxide (Zr02) film. Later, a 4.6-μm-thick film of Zr02 was obliquely deposited; spectrophotometric measurements revealed its utility as a half-wave plate. A parallel effort directed at understanding FB films through computer simulations has been undertaken by Sikkens and Liao. These simulations can be specialized to include defects, epitaxy, and anisotropic surface mobility. Applications of obliquely deposited FB films of familiar thin film materials can be anticipated if their structure and performance can be more thoroughly understood.

  10. Plasmonic gold nanodiscs using piezoelectric substrate birefringence for liquid sensing

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    Hao, Danni; Kenney, Mitchell G.; Cumming, David R. S.

    2016-06-01

    This article presents the simulation, fabrication, and experimental characterization of a surface plasmonic resonance (SPR) sensor integrated with an acoustic sensing compatible substrate. The SPR sensor is designed to work in the visible region with gold nanodisc arrays fabricated on LiNbO3, which is both piezoelectric and birefringent. A linear relationship between resonance wavelength and varying liquid refractive indices were observed in experiments, and a sensitivity of 165 nm/refractive index unit was obtained. Polarization effects of the birefringent property of the Y-cut LiNbO3 substrate have been investigated, which can also be applied to X-cut LiNbO3. Our study demonstrates the feasibility of an SPR sensor device utilizing a birefringent substrate, which has acoustic wave compatibility and can pave the way toward much more robust and flexible biosensing devices.

  11. Distributed birefringence, strain and temperature measurement by homodyne BOTDR

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    Lu, Yuangang; Bao, Xiaoyi; Chen, Liang

    A novel distributed fiber birefringence, strain and temperature measurement based on homodyne Brillouin optical time domain reflectometry (BOTDR) is proposed. Birefringence measurement is based on the beat period detection of Brillouin beat of the same acoustic mode. Strain and temperature are obtained by measuring the power changes of Brillouin beat spectrum (BBS), which corresponds to the optical interaction of different acoustic modes in a complex profile fiber. The birefringence of a 4.3 km large-effective-area fiber (LEAF) was measured with 0.6-m spatial resolution, and strain and temperature at the end of a 4.5 km LEAF were measured at 1.5-m resolution in 140s.

  12. Synthesis and surface modification of birefringent vaterite microspheres.

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    Vogel, Robert; Persson, Martin; Feng, Chao; Parkin, Simon J; Nieminen, Timo A; Wood, Barry; Heckenberg, Norman R; Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina

    2009-10-01

    This paper reports on the synthesis of birefringent vaterite microspheres with narrow size distribution using a seeded growth method. In a post-treatment the microspheres were stabilized and functionalized through coating with a combination of organosilica and silica. The coating vastly enhanced the stability of the vaterite microspheres in biological buffers and allowed the attachment of biomolecules such as DNA or proteins. As an example, streptavidin was attached to the surface of the functionalized microspheres. These results pave the way for the use of birefringent vaterite particles for the micromanipulation of single biological molecules such as DNA or specific proteins in an optical trap capable of exerting and measuring torques. The stabilized birefringent microspheres may also find use for biosensor and biological screening applications. PMID:19788220

  13. Birefringent neutron prisms for spin echo scattering angle measurement

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    Pynn, Roger; Fitzsimmons, M. R.; Lee, W. T.; Stonaha, P.; Shah, V. R.; Washington, A. L.; Kirby, B. J.; Majkrzak, C. F.; Maranville, B. B.

    2009-09-01

    In the first decade of the 19th century, an English chemist, William Wollaston, invented an arrangement of birefringent prisms that splits a beam of light into two spatially separated beams with orthogonal polarizations. We have constructed similar devices for neutrons using triangular cross-section solenoids and employed them for Spin Echo Scattering Angle Measurement (SESAME). A key difference between birefringent neutron prisms and their optical analogues is that it is hard to embed the former in a medium which has absolutely no birefringence because this implies the removal of all magnetic fields. We have overcome this problem by using the symmetry properties of the Wollaston neutron prisms and of the overall spin echo arrangement. These symmetries cause a cancellation of Larmor phase aberrations and provide robust coding of neutron scattering angles with simple equipment.

  14. Mechanical phase matching of birefringent non-linear crystals.

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    Deyra, Loïc; Balembois, François; Guilbaud, André; Villeval, Philippe; Georges, Patrick

    2014-09-22

    Second-order nonlinear processes such as second harmonic generation or parametric amplification have found numerous applications in the scientific and industrial world, from micromachining to petawatt laser facilities. These nonlinear interactions are mostly carried out in birefringent crystals because of their low cost and the possibility to operate at high powers Phase-matching configurations in birefringent crystals are determined by their refractive indexes. Here, we show that an important mechanical stress can be used to significantly change the phase-matching properties of a birefringent crystal. As an example, we demonstrate the shift of second harmonic non-critical phase matching wavelength of LiB3O5 (LBO) crystal at room temperature from 1200 nm to 1120 nm by applying compressive forces up to 100 MPa. We believe that this mechanical phase matching can be used as an additional degree of freedom to optimize nonlinear optical frequency mixing geometries. PMID:25321800

  15. Electric birefringence anomaly of solutions of ionically charged anisometric particles.

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    Hoffmann, H; Gräbner, Dieter

    2015-02-01

    The term "electric birefringence anomaly" is known as the electric birefringence (EB) signal that occurs in solutions of ionically charged anisometric particles in a narrow concentration region. The signal is of opposite sign to the normal birefringence that occurs below and above this narrow concentration region. The normal electric birefringence signals in the dilute and more concentrated regions are due to the orientation of the particles in the direction of the applied electric field. The origin for the anomalous signal was not completely understood until now. The article summarises previous results in which the anomalous results had been observed but not well understood. It shows that the birefringence anomaly occurs in systems as diverse as micellar solutions, polyelectrolytes, solutions of clays, viruses and fibres. In all these systems the anomaly signals are present at the concentration when the length of the colloidal particles including the thickness of the electric double layer are about the same as the mean distance between the colloidal particles. Under these conditions the electric double layers of the particles overlap along the main axis of the particles but not in the direction across the particles. As a consequence of this situation a dipole is built up across the particles by the migration of the counter-ions of the particles in the electric field and this dipole leads to an orientation of the particles perpendicular to the electric field. The anomalous signal can usually be observed simultaneously with the normal signal. The amplitude of the anomalous signal can be larger than the amplitude of the normal signal. As a consequence the total birefringence changes its sign in the anomalous concentration region. The anomaly signal of the clays can also be explained by a fluctuating dipole around the particles, which is due to the fact that the centre of the ionic charges of the particles does not fall on the centre of the ionic charge of the counter

  16. Measurement of high-birefringent spun fiber parameters using short-length fiber Bragg gratings.

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    Vasiliev, S A; Przhiyalkovsky, Ya V; Gnusin, P I; Medvedkov, O I; Dianov, E M

    2016-05-30

    Spectral polarization characteristics of short-length fiber Bragg gratings UV-written in a highly-birefringent spun-fiber have been investigated. Based on the analysis of the characteristics the technique for measuring the built-in linear phase birefringence as well as the spin period in this fiber type has been suggested. In this method the birefringence dispersion is excluded and therefore the built-in linear phase birefringence can be measured with an improved accuracy. PMID:27410060

  17. Giant spatial-dispersion-induced birefringence in metamaterials

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    Gorlach, Maxim A.; Glybovski, Stanislav B.; Hurshkainen, Anna A.; Belov, Pavel A.

    2016-05-01

    We demonstrate experimentally giant spatial-dispersion-induced birefringence in metamaterials. The difference between the reflection coefficients for (1 ,1 ¯,0 ) - and (0 ,0 ,1 ) -polarized light reflected from the [1 ,1 ,0 ] surface of a metamaterial reaches 78 % . The magnitude of spatial-dispersion-induced birefringence in the transparency windows of the structure reaches n1 1 ¯0-n001=-0.13 , which is at least three orders of magnitude larger than the typical values reported for natural crystals. Our results elucidate the important role of spatial dispersion effects in a wide class of metamaterials.

  18. Birefringent reflectarray metasurface for beam engineering in infrared.

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    Farmahini-Farahani, Mohsen; Mosallaei, Hossein

    2013-02-15

    An infrared reflectarray metasurface with engineered birefringent behavior is demonstrated. The array reradiates incoming light into two orthogonal, linearly polarized reflections. The reflectarray is composed of rectangular metallic patch nanoantennas placed on top of a grounded dielectric stand-off layer. The patches are designed to locally manipulate the phase front of the incoming wave. They tailor the reflection phase to transform the phase front on the surface to the one desired for both orthogonal polarizations at the same time. The proposed nanoantenna metasurface can find applications in many optical devices, such as birefringent modulators, waveplates, polarizers, and splitters. PMID:23455103

  19. Mirror Birefringence in a Fabry-Perot Cavity and the Detection of Vacuum Birefringence in a Magnetic Field

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    Chui, T. C. P.; Shao, M.; Redding, D.; Gursel, Y.; Boden, A.

    1995-01-01

    We discuss the effect of mirror birefringence in two optical schemes designed to detect the quantum-electrodynamics (QED) predictions of vacuum birefringence under the influence of a strong magnetic field, B. Both schemes make use of a high finesse Fabry-Perot cavity (F-P) to increase the average path length of the light in the magnetic field. The first scheme, which we called the frequency scheme, is based on measurement of the beat frequency of two orthogonal polarized laser beams in the cavity. We show that mirror birefringence contributes to the detection uncertainties in first order, resulting in a high susceptibility to small thermal disturbances. We estimate that an unreasonably high thermal stability of 10-9 K is required to resolve the effect to 0.1%. In the second scheme, which we called the polarization rotation scheme, laser polarized at 45 relative to the B field is injected into the cavity.

  20. Compensation for Phase Anisotropy of a Metal Reflector

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    Hong, John

    2007-01-01

    A method of compensation for the polarization- dependent phase anisotropy of a metal reflector has been proposed. The essence of the method is to coat the reflector with multiple thin alternating layers of two dielectrics that have different indices of refraction, so as to introduce an opposing polarization-dependent phase anisotropy. The anisotropy in question is a phenomenon that occurs in reflection of light at other than normal incidence: For a given plane wave having components polarized parallel (p) and perpendicular (s) to the plane of incidence, the phase of s-polarized reflected light differs from the phase p-polarized light by an amount that depends on the angle of incidence and the complex index of refraction of the metal. The magnitude of the phase difference is zero at zero angle of incidence (normal incidence) and increases with the angle of incidence. This anisotropy is analogous to a phase anisotropy that occurs in propagation of light through a uniaxial dielectric crystal. In such a case, another uniaxial crystal that has the same orientation but opposite birefringence can be used to cancel the phase anisotropy. Although it would be difficult to prepare a birefringent material in a form suitable for application to the curved surface of a typical metal reflector in an optical instrument, it should be possible to effect the desired cancellation of phase anisotropy by exploiting the form birefringence of multiple thin dielectric layers. (The term "form birefringence" can be defined loosely as birefringence arising, in part, from a regular array of alternating subwavelength regions having different indices of refraction.)

  1. Zero-birefringent polyimide for polymer optical waveguide

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    Baek, Sung-Ho; Kang, Jae-Wook; Li, Xiangdan; Lee, Myong-Hoon; Kim, Jang-Joo

    2003-07-01

    A novel zero birefringent and photosensitive polyimide was synthesized. The polymer is soluble in solvents and contains a chalcone group for photo-crosslinking by UV exposure. The glass transition and decomposition temperature of the polymer were 254°C and 430°C before cross-linking. Evolution of the absorption spectra upon UV exposure indicated that the cross-linking reaction is related to the cycloaddition of the double bonds in the chalcone group to form cyclobutane. The photo-crosslinking reaction not only increased the thermal stability, but also induced a refractive index change of the films. The refractive index of the film was reduced upon UV exposure from 1.5862 to 1.5697 for TE mode and from 1.5807 to 1.5697 for TM mode, respectively, resulting in zero birefringence after curing. Loss of p-conjugation in the chalcone group by the crosslinking reaction is supposed to induce the reduction of the refractive indices and orbital change from sp2 to sp3 makes the polymer chain be kinked, resulting in decrease of birefringence. The polymer film showed optical loss of 0.41 dB/cm at 1.3 mm and 0.54 dB/cm at 1.55 mm. Zero birefringence and low optical loss combined with photo-processibility of the material are making it an excellent candidate for the high performance waveguide materials.

  2. Birefringence of the antiferromagnetic crystals linear in a magnetic field

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    Eremenko, V. V.; Kharchenko, N. F.; Beliy, L. I.; Tutakina, O. P.

    1980-01-01

    The new linear magneto-optical effect-birefringence-of a linear polarized light which is directly proportional to the magnetic field strength has been observed. This effect is permitted in crystals which allow piezo-magnetic properties. One was studied in antiferromagnet CoF 2 and CoCO 3 for the longitudinal geometry of an experiment.

  3. Numerical simulation of laser focusing properties inside birefringent crystal.

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    Deng, Leimin; Liu, Peng; Duan, Jun; Zeng, Xiaoyan; Wu, Baoye; Wang, Xizhao

    2016-02-01

    The transmission properties of a focused laser inside anisotropic material are complex due to the birefringent effect, which has remarkable influence on the light distribution and frequency multiplication efficiency of crystals. Meanwhile, it will also affect the laser micromachining precision of birefringent materials with random polarization. In this study, ray tracing and diffraction integral methods were proposed to develop the mathematical model of a laser focused through an isotropic medium into a KDP crystal. Using these models, the focusing properties and 3D light intensity distribution of a focused laser inside a KDP crystal at different orientations were investigated. The research shows that the size and shape of the E-ray focus will distort, and its peak power density decreases rapidly with the decrease of the angle between the optical axis and the crystal surface. Meanwhile, the focal position of the E-ray will also move with the change of optical axis orientation. Based on the simulated results, an approximate 3D light intensity equation of a laser focused into birefringent material was also proposed, which is in good agreement with the theoretical analysis. The related simulated results have an important engineering value for nonlinear optics and laser processing of birefringent materials. PMID:26836091

  4. Fabrication of Multi-Ply Birefringent Fibrous Composite Laminates

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    Daniel, I.; Niiro, T.

    1984-01-01

    Fabrication method produces unidirectional, multi-ply, transparent birefringent fibrous composite laminates for use in macromechanical stress analysis conducted by means of anisotropic photoelasticity. New laminates glass-fiber-reinforced plastics for which matrix and fibers have same index of refraction. Method utilized in structural applications of composites.

  5. Sprayable birefringent coating enables strain measurements on large surfaces

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    Humphrey, F. T.; Mcgee, W. M.

    1966-01-01

    Birefringent coating for strain measurements on large surfaces contains constituents that can be premixed and sprayed as a single component with conventional paint spray equipment. Elevated temperatures are not required for spraying or curing of the coating material which has long pot life.

  6. Chirped optical solitons in single-mode birefringent fibers

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    Mahmood, M. F.

    1996-12-01

    The trapping behavior of two chirped solitons forming a bound state in a single-mode birefringent fiber is investigated on the basis of a model of coupled nonlinear Schroedinger equations. The positive initial chirp plays an important role in controlling the threshold amplitude for soliton trapping without causing excessive pulse broadening.

  7. Large Flow-Birefringence of Nematogenic Bent-Core Liquid Crystals

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    Bailey, Christopher; Fodor-Csorba, Katalin; Verduzco, Rafael; Gleeson, James; Sprunt, Samuel; Jakli, Antal

    2009-03-01

    We have found that bent-core liquid crystalline materials show exceptionally large flow birefringence in their isotropic liquid phase. The flow birefringence is over two orders of magnitude larger than usual for low molecular weight liquid crystals. Comparing the flow birefringence per unit viscosity, the observed values are an order of magnitude larger than low molecular weight and side-chain polymeric calamitic liquid crystals. This large flow birefringence is attributed to the nanostructure of these materials that contain temporary smectic clusters of a few smectic layers, which exist even in their isotropic phase. These smectic clusters appear to shear align resulting in the observed flow birefringence behavior.

  8. Dispersion characterization of group birefringence in polarization-maintaining fiber using a Kerr phase-interrogator

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    Lu, Yang; Baker, Chams; Bao, Xiaoyi

    2015-07-01

    We present a new approach to characterize dispersion of group birefringence in a long polarization-maintaining fiber (PMF). Two sinusoidal optical signals are respectively launched into fast and slow axes of a PMF under test. Wavelength dependent group-delay difference between two sinusoidal optical signals induced by group birefringence in the PMF is measured using a Kerr phase-interrogator, and dispersion of group birefringence is characterized from the group-delay difference. Measurements of wavelength dependent group birefringence and group birefringence dispersion for a 459.4-m Panda PMF are experimentally demonstrated.

  9. Detecting axial heterogeneity of birefringence in layered turbid media using polarized light imaging

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    Alali, Sanaz; Wang, Yuting; Vitkin, I. Alex

    2012-01-01

    The structural anisotropy of biological tissues can be quantified using polarized light imaging in terms of birefringence; however, birefringence varies axially in anisotropic layered tissues. This may present ambiguity in result interpretation for techniques whose birefringence results are averaged over the sampling volume. To explore this issue, we extended the polarization sensitive Monte Carlo code to model bi-layered turbid media with varying uniaxial birefringence in the two layers. Our findings demonstrate that the asymmetry degree (ASD) between the off-diagonal Mueller matrix elements of heterogeneously birefringent samples is higher than the homogenously birefringent (uniaxial) samples with the same effective retardance (magnitude and orientation). We experimentally verified the validity of ASD as a birefringence heterogeneity measure by performing polarized light measurements of bi-layered elastic and scattering polyacrylamide phantoms. PMID:23243575

  10. A scatterometry based CD metrology solution for advanced nodes, including capability of handling birefringent layers with uniaxial anisotropy

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    Ke, Chih-Ming; Hu, Jimmy; Wang, Willie; Huang, Jacky; Chung, H. L.; Liang, C. R.; Shih, Victor; Liu, H. H.; Lee, H. J.; Lin, John; Fan, Y. D.; Yen, Tony; Wright, Noelle; Alvarez Sanchez, Ruben; Coene, Wim; Noot, Marc; Yuan, Kiwi; Wang, Vivien; Bhattacharyya, Kaustuve; van der Mast, Karel

    2009-03-01

    A brand new CD metrology technique that can address the need for accuracy, precision and speed in near future lithography is probably one of the most challenging items. CDSEMs have served this need for a long time, however, a change of or an addition to this traditional approach is inevitable as the increase in the need for better precision (tight CDU budget) and speed (driven by the demand for increase in sampling) continues to drive the need for advanced nodes. The success of CD measurement with scatterometry remains in the capability to model the resist grating, such as, CD and shape (side wall angle), as well as the under-lying layers (thickness and material property). Things are relatively easier for the cases with isotropic under-lying layers (that consists of single refractive or absorption indices). However, a real challenge to such a technique becomes evident when one or more of the under-lying layers are anisotropic. In this technical presentation the authors would like to evaluate such CD reconstruction technology, a new scatterometry based platform under development at ASML, which can handle bi-refringent non-patterned layers with uniaxial anisotropy in the underlying stack. In the RCWA code for the bi-refringent case, the elegant formalism of the enhanced transmittance matrix can still be used. In this paper, measurement methods and data will be discussed from several complex production stacks (layers). With inclusion of the bi-refringent modeling, the in-plane and perpendicular n and k values can be treated as floating parameters for the bi-refringent layer, so that very robust CD-reconstruction is achieved with low reconstruction residuals. As a function of position over the wafer, significant variations of the perpendicular n and k values are observed, with a typical radial fingerprint on the wafer, whereas the variations in the in-plane n and k values are seen to be considerably lower.

  11. Influence of birefringence in the instability spectra of oppositely directed coupler with negative index material channel

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    Shafeeque Ali, A. K.; Nithyanandan, K.; Porsezian, K.; Maimistov, Andrei I.

    2016-02-01

    A theoretical investigation on the influence of birefringence in the modulational instability (MI) spectra of an oppositely directed coupler (ODC) with a negative index material (NIM) channel is presented. We study the effect of birefringence on MI in linear and circular birefringent ODCs for both normal and anomalous dispersion regimes. It is found that besides the instability band due to nonlinear positive index material (PIM) and negative index material (NIM) channels, new symmetric instability regions are observed as a result of birefringent effects. Also defocusing nonlinearity suppresses the NIM band in the normal dispersion regime, but in the anomalous dispersion regime the defocusing nonlinearity enhances the gain of the NIM band. In contrast to the case of linear birefringence, in terms of MI gain from circular birefringence, only two birefringent bands dominate: the inherently PIM and NIM bands. This preponderance is attributed to the fact that the cross-phase modulation effect for the case of circular birefringence is stronger, thus allowing a better coupling between the beams, which results in the enhancement of the gain. Therefore, the manipulation of MI and solitons in an ODC is better performed when the birefringence is circular rather than linear. Here we report how to generate and manipulate MI and solitons in birefringent ODCs with a particular emphasis on a NIM channel.

  12. Large Flow Birefringence of Nematogenic Bent-Core Liquid Crystals

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    Bailey, C.; Fodor-Csorba, K; Verduzco, R; Gleeson, J; Sprunt, S; Jakli, A

    2009-01-01

    We have found that bent-core liquid crystalline materials show exceptionally large intrinsic flow birefringence in their isotropic liquid phase. This effect is more than 100 times larger than typical values measured for low molecular weight liquid crystals. The specific flow birefringence (i.e., normalized by the flow viscosity) is an order of magnitude larger than in both side-chain polymeric as well as low molecular weight liquid crystals. We propose that this large enhancement for bent-core compounds may be attributed to nanoscale smecticlike clusters that persist above the nematic-isotropic transition temperature, and shear align under shear flow; however, this mechanism has not yet been definitively confirmed.

  13. Reducing Birefringence Uncertainty in the Design of ATST Polarization Components

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    Sueoka, S. R.

    2014-10-01

    Scientific requirements for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope push the limits of polarimetric calibration and modulation components. The super achromatic retarder and poly chromatic modulator designs comprise of a stack of wave plates with fast axes at different orientations. In order to design these elements over a broad wavelength range it is imperative to know the fundamental properties of the materials. Crystalline quartz, sapphire, and MgF2 have been selected as candidate materials due to their hardness, transmission, and unique birefringence properties. Previously published dispersion models for these crystals do not agree in areas of the design wavelength range. We performed a series of measurements to determine the birefringence from 0.38 μm to 5.0 μm in order to improve our design capabilities.

  14. Birefringence Measurements of Spherulites formed in β-Lactoglobulin

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    Hardin, Eric; Kirkwood, Brad; Loman, Jazmine; Herat, Athula; Mahmood, Rizwan; Domike, Kristin

    2009-03-01

    Many proteins have a propensity to aggregate into amyloid fibril containing spherulite-like structures. In some instances these spherulitic protein aggregates have been observed in people suffering from a number of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob's. However, the exact role these aggregates play in the body, their internal structure, and the aggregation mechanism still remains a mystery. The model protein used in our study, β-lactoglobulin (BLG), produce spherulites under low pH and high temperature conditions. We report birefringence measurement on BLG using phase retardation method as a function of temperature. Birefringence (˜0.0022 ± 0.0002) data suggest very weak ordering within the spherulites. These spherulites seem to disappear when we added an extensively studied thermotropic liquid crystal [4'-pentyl-4-cyanobiphenyl (5CB)] in β-Lactoglobulin + water+ hydrochloric acid. Our preliminary data suggests that the strong interaction energy between the two systems may lead to the destruction of spherulites.

  15. Ultraviolet-induced birefringence in hydrogen-loaded optical fiber

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    Canning, J.; Deyerl, H.J.; Soerensen, H.R.; Kristensen, M.

    2005-03-01

    A precision phase-shifting approach to fabricate various phase-shifted gratings using different combinations of polarized ultraviolet (UV) light is demonstrated. In doing so, the difference between s- and p-polarized light reported by others is confirmed. However, we reveal added complexity for the role of hydrogen and deuterium in the UV-induced process. Previous arguments for the origins are systematically ruled out by reviewing existing literature. We note that the birefringence is made up of at least two components with different thermal stabilities, one consistent simply with molecular hydrogen being present in the system. Overall the birefringence, by deduction, is associated with anisotropy in hydrogen reactions within the fiber. As a result they lead, through known mechanisms of dilation in glass, to anisotropic stress relaxation that can be annealed out, with or without hydrogen remaining, at low temperatures close to 125 deg. C.

  16. Dichroism and birefringence of natural violet diamond crystals

    SciTech Connect

    Konstantinova, A. F. Titkov, S. V.; Imangazieva, K. B.; Evdishchenko, E. A.; Sergeev, A. M.; Zudin, N. G.; Orekhova, V. P.

    2006-05-15

    Investigation of the optical properties of natural violet diamonds from the Yakutian kimberlites is performed. A red shift of the absorption edge is revealed in the absorption spectra of these crystals. This shift is indicative of the presence of a high concentration of nitrogen in the diamonds studied. Along with the strong band at 0.550 {mu}m, weaker bands at 0.390, 0.456 and 0.496 {mu}m are revealed. It is shown that violet diamond crystals have birefringence and dichroism of about 10{sup -5} and 10{sup -6}, respectively. When a light beam propagates perpendicularly to colored lamellas, the dichroism is much larger and the birefringence is smaller than in the case where the beam direction is parallel to lamellas.

  17. Constraints on cosmological birefringence energy dependence from CMB polarization data

    SciTech Connect

    Gubitosi, G.; Paci, F. E-mail: fpaci@sissa.it

    2013-02-01

    We study the possibility of constraining the energy dependence of cosmological birefringence by using CMB polarization data. We consider four possible behaviors, characteristic of different theoretical scenarios: energy-independent birefringence motivated by Chern-Simons interactions of the electromagnetic field, linear energy dependence motivated by a 'Weyl' interaction of the electromagnetic field, quadratic energy dependence, motivated by quantum gravity modifications of low-energy electrodynamics, and inverse quadratic dependence, motivated by Faraday rotation generated by primordial magnetic fields. We constrain the parameters associated to each kind of dependence and use our results to give constraints on the models mentioned. We forecast the sensitivity that Planck data will be able to achieve in this respect.

  18. Hydrostatic Pressure Sensing with High Birefringence Photonic Crystal Fibers

    PubMed Central

    Fávero, Fernando C.; Quintero, Sully M. M.; Martelli, Cicero; Braga, Arthur M.B.; Silva, Vinícius V.; Carvalho, Isabel C. S.; Llerena, Roberth W. A.; Valente, Luiz C. G.

    2010-01-01

    The effect of hydrostatic pressure on the waveguiding properties of high birefringence photonic crystal fibers (HiBi PCF) is evaluated both numerically and experimentally. A fiber design presenting form birefringence induced by two enlarged holes in the innermost ring defining the fiber core is investigated. Numerical results show that modal sensitivity to the applied pressure depends on the diameters of the holes, and can be tailored by independently varying the sizes of the large or small holes. Numerical and experimental results are compared showing excellent agreement. A hydrostatic pressure sensor is proposed and demonstrated using an in-fiber modal interferometer where the two orthogonally polarized modes of a HiBi PCF generate fringes over the optical spectrum of a broad band source. From the analysis of experimental results, it is concluded that, in principle, an operating limit of 92 MPa in pressure could be achieved with 0.0003% of full scale resolution. PMID:22163435

  19. Wide-field imaging of birefringent synovial fluid crystals using lens-free polarized microscopy for gout diagnosis

    PubMed Central

    Zhang, Yibo; Lee, Seung Yoon Celine; Zhang, Yun; Furst, Daniel; Fitzgerald, John; Ozcan, Aydogan

    2016-01-01

    Gout is a form of crystal arthropathy where monosodium urate (MSU) crystals deposit and elicit inflammation in a joint. Diagnosis of gout relies on identification of MSU crystals under a compensated polarized light microscope (CPLM) in synovial fluid aspirated from the patient’s joint. The detection of MSU crystals by optical microscopy is enhanced by their birefringent properties. However, CPLM partially suffers from the high-cost and bulkiness of conventional lens-based microscopy, and its relatively small field-of-view (FOV) limits the efficiency and accuracy of gout diagnosis. Here we present a lens-free polarized microscope which adopts a novel differential and angle-mismatched polarizing optical design achieving wide-field and high-resolution holographic imaging of birefringent objects with a color contrast similar to that of a standard CPLM. The performance of this computational polarization microscope is validated by imaging MSU crystals made from a gout patient’s tophus and steroid crystals used as negative control. This lens-free polarized microscope, with its wide FOV (>20 mm2), cost-effectiveness and field-portability, can significantly improve the efficiency and accuracy of gout diagnosis, reduce costs, and can be deployed even at the point-of-care and in resource-limited clinical settings. PMID:27356625

  20. Wide-field imaging of birefringent synovial fluid crystals using lens-free polarized microscopy for gout diagnosis

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Yibo; Lee, Seung Yoon Celine; Zhang, Yun; Furst, Daniel; Fitzgerald, John; Ozcan, Aydogan

    2016-06-01

    Gout is a form of crystal arthropathy where monosodium urate (MSU) crystals deposit and elicit inflammation in a joint. Diagnosis of gout relies on identification of MSU crystals under a compensated polarized light microscope (CPLM) in synovial fluid aspirated from the patient’s joint. The detection of MSU crystals by optical microscopy is enhanced by their birefringent properties. However, CPLM partially suffers from the high-cost and bulkiness of conventional lens-based microscopy, and its relatively small field-of-view (FOV) limits the efficiency and accuracy of gout diagnosis. Here we present a lens-free polarized microscope which adopts a novel differential and angle-mismatched polarizing optical design achieving wide-field and high-resolution holographic imaging of birefringent objects with a color contrast similar to that of a standard CPLM. The performance of this computational polarization microscope is validated by imaging MSU crystals made from a gout patient’s tophus and steroid crystals used as negative control. This lens-free polarized microscope, with its wide FOV (>20 mm2), cost-effectiveness and field-portability, can significantly improve the efficiency and accuracy of gout diagnosis, reduce costs, and can be deployed even at the point-of-care and in resource-limited clinical settings.

  1. Wide-field imaging of birefringent synovial fluid crystals using lens-free polarized microscopy for gout diagnosis.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Yibo; Lee, Seung Yoon Celine; Zhang, Yun; Furst, Daniel; Fitzgerald, John; Ozcan, Aydogan

    2016-01-01

    Gout is a form of crystal arthropathy where monosodium urate (MSU) crystals deposit and elicit inflammation in a joint. Diagnosis of gout relies on identification of MSU crystals under a compensated polarized light microscope (CPLM) in synovial fluid aspirated from the patient's joint. The detection of MSU crystals by optical microscopy is enhanced by their birefringent properties. However, CPLM partially suffers from the high-cost and bulkiness of conventional lens-based microscopy, and its relatively small field-of-view (FOV) limits the efficiency and accuracy of gout diagnosis. Here we present a lens-free polarized microscope which adopts a novel differential and angle-mismatched polarizing optical design achieving wide-field and high-resolution holographic imaging of birefringent objects with a color contrast similar to that of a standard CPLM. The performance of this computational polarization microscope is validated by imaging MSU crystals made from a gout patient's tophus and steroid crystals used as negative control. This lens-free polarized microscope, with its wide FOV (>20 mm(2)), cost-effectiveness and field-portability, can significantly improve the efficiency and accuracy of gout diagnosis, reduce costs, and can be deployed even at the point-of-care and in resource-limited clinical settings. PMID:27356625

  2. Diffraction properties of highly birefringent liquid-crystal composite gratings.

    PubMed

    Butler, J J; Malcuit, M S

    2000-03-15

    We have fabricated electrically switchable holographic gratings, using Polaroid Corporation's DMP-128 photopolymer filled with the nematic liquid crystal E7. It is shown that a coupled-wave theory that includes the effects of the birefringence of the liquid crystal must be used to explain the diffraction properties of these anisotropic volume gratings. Furthermore, a detailed comparison of theory and experiment provides information about the alignment of the liquid crystal within the polymer host. PMID:18059899

  3. Tuning micropillar cavity birefringence by laser induced surface defects

    SciTech Connect

    Bonato, Cristian; Ding Dapeng; Gudat, Jan; Exter, Martin P. van; Thon, Susanna; Kim, Hyochul; Petroff, Pierre M.; Bouwmeester, Dirk

    2009-12-21

    We demonstrate a technique to tune the optical properties of micropillar cavities by creating small defects on the sample surface near the cavity region with an intense focused laser beam. Such defects modify strain in the structure, changing the birefringence in a controllable way. We apply the technique to make the fundamental cavity mode polarization-degenerate and to fine tune the overall mode frequencies, as needed for applications in quantum information science.

  4. Use of Cosserat birefringence to measurement couple stresses by photoelasticity

    SciTech Connect

    Marek, Sikoń

    2014-05-27

    The quantum analysis of the polar atom under the action of a mechanical load is presented in this work. The obtained solution can be used to describe the optical properties of the Cosserat medium in the form of the gyro-birefringence. Rayleigh scattering of laser light coming towards the Cosserat medium head is analysed to measure the rotation of the azimuth of polarisation associated with couple stresses.

  5. Spectral-Content Readout Of Stress-Induced Birefringence

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Redner, Alex S.; Voloshin, Arkady S.

    1992-01-01

    Spectrum of transmitted light indicates stress in sensor or specimen. Photoelastic apparatus demonstrates feasibility of analysis of spectrum of transmitted light to quantify birefringence in transparent specimen. By augmenting conventional photoelastic analysis with spectral sensors and automating it with computer control and processing of data, technique made more versatile and useful. Potential uses include measurement of stresses in optical fibers and transparent materials in general.

  6. Fourier polarimetry of the birefringence distribution of myocardium tissue

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ushenko, O. G.; Dubolazov, O. V.; Ushenko, V. O.; Gorsky, M. P.; Soltys, I. V.; Olar, O. V.

    2015-11-01

    The results of optical modeling of biological tissues polycrystalline multilayer networks have been presented. Algorithms of reconstruction of parameter distributions were determined that describe the linear and circular birefringence. For the separation of the manifestations of these mechanisms we propose a method of space-frequency filtering. Criteria for differentiation of causes of death due to coronary heart disease (CHD) and acute coronary insufficiency (ACI) were found.

  7. Leaky Dyakonov surface plasmon polaritons for birefringent crystals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Loot, Ardi; Hizhnyakov, Vladimir

    2016-04-01

    The surface waves propagating at the interface of a metal-birefringent crystal, usually called Dyakonov surface plasmon polaritons (DSPPs), have been theoretically investigated. It was shown that at special conditions the extraordinarily polarized component of DSPPs could become leaky. The properties of such half-leaky waves were theoretically investigated, and it was shown that these surface waves could be excited without any prism or grating. This is especially beneficial in the experiments of nonlinear optics where a field enhancement is required.

  8. POLARBEAR constraints on cosmic birefringence and primordial magnetic fields

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ade, Peter A. R.; Arnold, Kam; Atlas, Matt; Baccigalupi, Carlo; Barron, Darcy; Boettger, David; Borrill, Julian; Chapman, Scott; Chinone, Yuji; Cukierman, Ari; Dobbs, Matt; Ducout, Anne; Dunner, Rolando; Elleflot, Tucker; Errard, Josquin; Fabbian, Giulio; Feeney, Stephen; Feng, Chang; Gilbert, Adam; Goeckner-Wald, Neil; Groh, John; Hall, Grantland; Halverson, Nils W.; Hasegawa, Masaya; Hattori, Kaori; Hazumi, Masashi; Hill, Charles; Holzapfel, William L.; Hori, Yasuto; Howe, Logan; Inoue, Yuki; Jaehnig, Gregory C.; Jaffe, Andrew H.; Jeong, Oliver; Katayama, Nobuhiko; Kaufman, Jonathan P.; Keating, Brian; Kermish, Zigmund; Keskitalo, Reijo; Kisner, Theodore; Kusaka, Akito; Le Jeune, Maude; Lee, Adrian T.; Leitch, Erik M.; Leon, David; Li, Yun; Linder, Eric; Lowry, Lindsay; Matsuda, Frederick; Matsumura, Tomotake; Miller, Nathan; Montgomery, Josh; Myers, Michael J.; Navaroli, Martin; Nishino, Haruki; Okamura, Takahiro; Paar, Hans; Peloton, Julien; Pogosian, Levon; Poletti, Davide; Puglisi, Giuseppe; Raum, Christopher; Rebeiz, Gabriel; Reichardt, Christian L.; Richards, Paul L.; Ross, Colin; Rotermund, Kaja M.; Schenck, David E.; Sherwin, Blake D.; Shimon, Meir; Shirley, Ian; Siritanasak, Praween; Smecher, Graeme; Stebor, Nathan; Steinbach, Bryan; Suzuki, Aritoki; Suzuki, Jun-ichi; Tajima, Osamu; Takakura, Satoru; Tikhomirov, Alexei; Tomaru, Takayuki; Whitehorn, Nathan; Wilson, Brandon; Yadav, Amit; Zahn, Alex; Zahn, Oliver; Polarbear Collaboration

    2015-12-01

    We constrain anisotropic cosmic birefringence using four-point correlations of even-parity E -mode and odd-parity B -mode polarization in the cosmic microwave background measurements made by the POLARization of the Background Radiation (POLARBEAR) experiment in its first season of observations. We find that the anisotropic cosmic birefringence signal from any parity-violating processes is consistent with zero. The Faraday rotation from anisotropic cosmic birefringence can be compared with the equivalent quantity generated by primordial magnetic fields if they existed. The POLARBEAR nondetection translates into a 95% confidence level (C.L.) upper limit of 93 nanogauss (nG) on the amplitude of an equivalent primordial magnetic field inclusive of systematic uncertainties. This four-point correlation constraint on Faraday rotation is about 15 times tighter than the upper limit of 1380 nG inferred from constraining the contribution of Faraday rotation to two-point correlations of B -modes measured by Planck in 2015. Metric perturbations sourced by primordial magnetic fields would also contribute to the B -mode power spectrum. Using the POLARBEAR measurements of the B -mode power spectrum (two-point correlation), we set a 95% C.L. upper limit of 3.9 nG on primordial magnetic fields assuming a flat prior on the field amplitude. This limit is comparable to what was found in the Planck 2015 two-point correlation analysis with both temperature and polarization. We perform a set of systematic error tests and find no evidence for contamination. This work marks the first time that anisotropic cosmic birefringence or primordial magnetic fields have been constrained from the ground at subdegree scales.

  9. Computational study to evaluate the birefringence of uniaxially oriented film of cellulose triacetate.

    PubMed

    Hayakawa, Daichi; Ueda, Kazuyoshi

    2015-01-30

    The intrinsic birefringence of a cellulose triacetate (CTA) film is evaluated using the polarizability of the monomer model of the CTA repeating unit, which is calculated using the density functional theory (DFT). Since the CTA monomer is known to have three rotational isomers, referred to as gg, gt, and tg, the intrinsic birefringence of these isomers is evaluated separately. The calculation indicates that the monomer CTA with gg and gt structures shows a negative intrinsic birefringence, whereas the monomer unit with a tg structure shows a positive intrinsic birefringence. By using these values, a model of the uniaxially elongated CTA film is constructed with a molecular dynamics simulation, and the orientation birefringence of the film model was evaluated. The result indicates that the film has negative orientation birefringence and that its value is in good agreement with experimental results. PMID:25498014

  10. Dual-beam-scan Doppler optical coherence angiography for birefringence-artifact-free vasculature imaging.

    PubMed

    Makita, Shuichi; Jaillon, Franck; Yamanari, Masahiro; Yasuno, Yoshiaki

    2012-01-30

    Dual-beam-scan Doppler optical coherence angiography (DB-OCA) enables high-speed, high-sensitivity blood flow imaging. However, birefringence of biological tissues is an obstacle to vasculature imaging. Here, the influence of polarization and birefringence on DB-OCA imaging was analyzed. A DB-OCA system without birefringence artifact has been developed by introducing a Faraday rotator. The performance was confirmed in vitro using chicken muscle and in vivo using the human eye. Birefringence artifacts due to birefringent tissues were suppressed. Micro-vasculatures in the lamina cribrosa and nerve fiber layer of human eyes were visualized in vivo. High-speed and high-sensitivity micro-vasculature imaging involving birefringent tissues is available with polarization multiplexing DB-OCA. PMID:22330505

  11. Electrodynamics of a rotating body; Relativistic theory of circular and axial birefringence

    SciTech Connect

    Evans, M.W. . Dept. of Physics)

    1992-09-20

    In this paper, the theory of the electrodynamics of a rotating body is used to show that there exists: circular birefringence purely relativistic origin, composed of dispersive aether drag and residual, ensemble averaged, magnetization; non-relativistic circular birefringence due to the angular velocity of the body in the observer frame; non-relativistic axial birefringence in chiral media due to the angular velocity of the body; second order, relativistic equivalents.

  12. Reactive power compensating system

    DOEpatents

    Williams, Timothy J.; El-Sharkawi, Mohamed A.; Venkata, Subrahmanyam S.

    1987-01-01

    The reactive power of an induction machine is compensated by providing fixed capacitors on each phase line for the minimum compensation required, sensing the current on one line at the time its voltage crosses zero to determine the actual compensation required for each phase, and selecting switched capacitors on each line to provide the balance of the compensation required.

  13. 7 CFR 301.74-5 - Compensation.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 5 2013-01-01 2013-01-01 false Compensation. 301.74-5 Section 301.74-5 Agriculture Regulations of the Department of Agriculture (Continued) ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE DOMESTIC QUARANTINE NOTICES Plum Pox § 301.74-5 Compensation. (a) Eligibility. The following individuals are eligible...

  14. 7 CFR 301.74-5 - Compensation.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

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  15. 33 CFR 136.205 - Compensation allowable.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 2 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Compensation allowable. 136.205 Section 136.205 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) MARINE POLLUTION FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND COMPENSATION OIL SPILL LIABILITY TRUST FUND;...

  16. 33 CFR 136.211 - Compensation allowable.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 2 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Compensation allowable. 136.211 Section 136.211 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) MARINE POLLUTION FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND COMPENSATION OIL SPILL LIABILITY TRUST FUND;...

  17. 33 CFR 136.223 - Compensation allowable.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 2 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Compensation allowable. 136.223 Section 136.223 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) MARINE POLLUTION FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND COMPENSATION OIL SPILL LIABILITY TRUST FUND;...

  18. 33 CFR 136.217 - Compensation allowable.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 2 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Compensation allowable. 136.217 Section 136.217 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) MARINE POLLUTION FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND COMPENSATION OIL SPILL LIABILITY TRUST FUND;...

  19. 33 CFR 136.229 - Compensation allowable.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 2 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Compensation allowable. 136.229 Section 136.229 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) MARINE POLLUTION FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND COMPENSATION OIL SPILL LIABILITY TRUST FUND;...

  20. 33 CFR 136.113 - Other compensation.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

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  1. 33 CFR 136.113 - Other compensation.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

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  2. 33 CFR 136.113 - Other compensation.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 2 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Other compensation. 136.113 Section 136.113 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) MARINE POLLUTION FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND COMPENSATION OIL SPILL LIABILITY TRUST FUND;...

  3. 33 CFR 136.113 - Other compensation.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 2 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Other compensation. 136.113 Section 136.113 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) MARINE POLLUTION FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND COMPENSATION OIL SPILL LIABILITY TRUST FUND;...

  4. 47 CFR 32.24 - Compensated absences.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

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  5. Influence of filler metal on birefringent optical properties of photonic crystal fiber with integrated electrodes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Reyes-Vera, Erick; Torres, Pedro

    2016-08-01

    We present a comprehensive study of the influence of the filler metal on the birefringent optical properties of a photonic crystal fiber containing two integrated electrodes. Bismuth and indium were used to examine the effects of the electrode composition on the temperature sensitivity of this special microstructured fiber. We found that the fiber microstructure significantly influences the metal-induced sensitivity of the wavelength dependent birefringence, making the behavior of the birefringence change strongly with the electrode material. By modeling the anisotropic changes induced by the metal expansion in the refractive index within the fiber we examine the essential features of the fiber birefringence.

  6. Birefringence properties of a polarization maintaining Panda fibre during Bragg grating regeneration

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Polz, Leonhard; Jarsen, Andreas; Bartelt, Hartmut; Roths, Johannes

    2015-09-01

    Regeneration of fibre Bragg gratings under application of a high temperature annealing process in a high birefringent polarisation maintaining fibre of type Panda was investigated. During the annealing process, a distinct nonlinearity and hysteresis of the birefringence with temperature was observed. After the temperature process, the birefringence between slow and fast axis at room temperature was nearly doubled, which is in agreement with observations of other researchers. The hysteresis in birefringence might be explained by the crossing of the transition temperature of the stress applying parts and the relief of in-frozen mechanical and thermal stresses.

  7. Coupled-mode equation of polarization modes of twisted birefringent fibers in a unified coordinate.

    PubMed

    Fang, Zujie; Yang, Fei; Cai, Haiwen; Qu, Ronghui

    2013-01-20

    A coupled-mode equation (CME) of twisted birefringent fiber is presented in this paper, which uses the degenerate polarization modes of single-mode fibers as eigenmodes in a unified coordinate. The inconsistency between the coordinate and the rotating principal axis, existing in the previous CME, is solved by conversion to the lab coordinate. The CME gives self-consistent results for fibers with high birefringence or low birefringence and for single-mode fibers as well. Analyses and simulations show the CME gives characteristics of twisted birefringent fiber coincident with the property of polarization-maintaining fibers. PMID:23338204

  8. Optical tracking telescope compensation

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Gilbart, J. W.

    1973-01-01

    In order to minimize the effects of parameter variations in the dynamics of an optical tracking telescope, a model referenced parameter adaptive control system is described that - in conjunction with more traditional forms of compensation - achieves a reduction of rms pointing error by more than a factor of six. The adaptive compensation system utilizes open loop compensation, closed loop compensation, and model reference compensation to provide the precise input to force telescope axis velocity to follow the ideal velocity.

  9. 20 CFR 10.540 - When and how is compensation reduced or terminated?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

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  10. 20 CFR 10.540 - When and how is compensation reduced or terminated?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

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  11. Numerical compensation of system polarization mode dispersion in polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography

    PubMed Central

    Zhang, Ellen Ziyi; Oh, Wang-Yuhl; Villiger, Martin L.; Chen, Liang; Bouma, Brett E.; Vakoc, Benjamin J.

    2013-01-01

    Polarization mode dispersion (PMD), which can be induced by circulators or even moderate lengths of optical fiber, is known to be a dominant source of instrumentation noise in fiber-based PS-OCT systems. In this paper we propose a novel PMD compensation method that measures system PMD using three fixed calibration signals, numerically corrects for these instrument effects and reconstructs an improved sample image. Using a frequency multiplexed PS-OFDI setup, we validate the proposed method by comparing birefringence noise in images of intralipid, muscle, and tendon with and without PMD compensation. PMID:23389009

  12. Compensation Review Analyst

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)

    2003-06-03

    COMPERA is a decision support system designed to facilitate the compensation review process. With parameters provided by the user(s), the system generates recommendations for base increases and nonbase compensation that strives to align total compensation with performance compensation targets. The user(s) prescribe(s) compensation targets according to performance (or value of contribution) designators. These targets are presented in look-up tables, which are then used by embedded formulas in the worksheet to determine the recommended compensation formore » each individual.« less

  13. X-ray natural birefringence in reflection from graphene

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jansing, C.; Mertins, H.-Ch.; Gilbert, M.; Wahab, H.; Timmers, H.; Choi, S.-H.; Gaupp, A.; Krivenkov, M.; Varykhalov, A.; Rader, O.; Legut, D.; Oppeneer, P. M.

    2016-07-01

    The existence of natural birefringence in x-ray reflection on graphene is demonstrated at energies spanning the carbon 1 s absorption edge. This new x-ray effect has been discovered with precision measurements of the polarization-plane rotation and the polarization-ellipticity changes that occur upon reflection of linearly polarized synchrotron radiation on monolayer graphene. Extraordinarily large polarization-plane rotations of up to 30∘, accompanied by a change from linearly to circularly polarized radiation have been measured for graphene on copper. Graphene on single crystalline cobalt, grown on tungsten, exhibits rotation values of up to 17∘. Both graphene systems show resonantly enhanced effects at the π* and σ* energies. The results are referenced against those obtained for polycrystalline carbon and highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG), respectively. As expected, polycrystalline carbon shows negligible rotation, whereas a huge maximum rotation of 140∘ has been observed for HOPG that may be considered a graphene multilayer system. HOPG is found to exhibit such large rotation values over a broad energy range, even well beyond the π* resonance energy due to the contributions of numerous graphene layers. To explain the origin of the observed natural birefringence of graphene, the Stokes parameters as well as the x-ray natural linear dichroism in reflection have been determined. It is shown that the birefringence directly results from the optical anisotropy related to the orthogonal alignment of π* and σ* bonds in the graphene layer. Our polarization analysis reveals a strong bonding of graphene on Co with a reduced σ* excitation energy and a strong tilt of 50 % of the pz orbitals towards diagonal orientation. In contrast, graphene on Cu is weakly bound with an orthogonal orientation of the pz orbitals. Exhibiting such a large natural birefringence that can be controlled through substrate choice, and because of excellent heat conductivity

  14. Automated Detection of Ocular Alignment with Binocular Retinal Birefringence Scanning

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hunter, David G.; Shah, Ankoor S.; Sau, Soma; Nassif, Deborah; Guyton, David L.

    2003-06-01

    We previously developed a retinal birefringence scanning (RBS) device to detect eye fixation. The purpose of this study was to determine whether a new binocular RBS (BRBS) instrument can detect simultaneous fixation of both eyes. Control (nonmyopic and myopic) and strabismic subjects were studied by use of BRBS at a fixation distance of 45 cm. Binocularity (the percentage of measurements with bilateral fixation) was determined from the BRBS output. All nonstrabismic subjects with good quality signals had binocularity >75%. Binocularity averaged 5% in four subjects with strabismus (range of 0 -20%). BRBS may potentially be used to screen individuals for abnormal eye alignment.

  15. Thermally induced birefringence in Nd:YAG slab lasers

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    Ostermeyer, Martin; Mudge, Damien; Veitch, Peter J.; Munch, Jesper

    2006-07-20

    We study thermally induced birefringence in crystalline Nd:YAG zigzag slab lasers and the associated depolarization losses. The optimum crystallographic orientation of the zigzag slab within the Nd:YAG boule and photoelastic effects in crystalline Nd:YAG slabs are briefly discussed. The depolarization is evaluated using the temperature and stress distributions, calculated using a finite element model, for realistically pumped and cooled slabs of finite dimensions. Jones matrices are then used to calculate the depolarization of the zigzag laser mode. We compare the predictions with measurements of depolarization, and suggest useful criteria for the design of the gain media for such lasers.

  16. PCTFE as a solution to birefringence in atom trap viewports

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    Warner, C. L.; Behr, J. A.; Gorelov, A.

    2014-11-15

    We have developed and characterized optical viewports with the glass-to-metal seal made by the plastic PCTFE (polychlorotrifluoroethylene). The goal is to reduce stress-induced birefringence while maintaining ultra-high vacuum compatibility. We have maintained a Stokes parameter S{sub 3} of 0.9986, and achieved <5 × 10{sup −11} Torr partial pressure of air. We have also measured the diffusion and permeation of helium through PCTFE and placed upper limits on nitrogen, oxygen, and argon permeation, as PCTFE has been suggested as an o-ring for transport of environmental noble gas samples, though we know of no other noble gas measurements.

  17. PCTFE as a solution to birefringence in atom trap viewports

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    Warner, C. L.; Behr, J. A.; Gorelov, A.

    2014-11-01

    We have developed and characterized optical viewports with the glass-to-metal seal made by the plastic PCTFE (polychlorotrifluoroethylene). The goal is to reduce stress-induced birefringence while maintaining ultra-high vacuum compatibility. We have maintained a Stokes parameter S3 of 0.9986, and achieved <5 × 10-11 Torr partial pressure of air. We have also measured the diffusion and permeation of helium through PCTFE and placed upper limits on nitrogen, oxygen, and argon permeation, as PCTFE has been suggested as an o-ring for transport of environmental noble gas samples, though we know of no other noble gas measurements.

  18. Dichroic Bragg reflectors based on birefringent porous silicon

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    Diener, J.; Kunzner, N.; Kovalev, D.; Gross, E.; Timoshenko, V. Yu.; Polisski, G.; Koch, F.

    2001-06-11

    Multilayers of anisotropically nanostructured silicon (Si) have been fabricated and studied by polarization-resolved reflection measurements. Alternating layers having different refractive indices exhibit additionally a strong in-plane anisotropy of their refractive index (birefringence). Therefore, a stack of layers, acting as a distributed Bragg reflector, has two distinct reflection bands, depending on the polarization of the incident linearly polarized light. This effect is governed by a three-dimensional (in-plane and in-depth) variation of the refractive index. These structures can yield optical effects which are difficult to achieve with conventional Bragg reflectors. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  19. Variable bandwidth birefringent filter for tunable femtosecond lasers

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    Naganuma, K.; Lenz, G.; Ippen, E.P. )

    1992-10-01

    A design for a birefringent filter is described, which is suitable for tunable femtosecond lasers. Using a single plate, which has a steeply diving optic axis, two-octave tunability is attained with negligible deterioration of the stopband rejection. For a specific wavelength region, it means that the filter's bandwidth can be changed by a factor of four. Another characteristic of the design is that, for the same bandwidth, the proposed plate is five times thicker than a conventional plate in which the optic axis is parallel to the surface. Thus, etalon effects can be avoided. Tuning characteristics of color center lasers utilizing the new filter are also presented. 18 refs.

  20. Experimental studies of polarization properties of supercontinua generated in a birefringent photonic crystal fiber.

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    Zhu, Zhaoming; Brown, Thomas

    2004-03-01

    Besides coherence degradations, supercontinuum spectra generated in birefringent photonic crystal fibers also suffer from polarization fluctuations because of noise in the input pump pulse. This paper describes an experimental study of polarization properties of supercontinuum spectra generated in a birefringent photonic crystal fiber, validating previous numerical simulations. PMID:19474887

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  9. Spectral-Domain Measurements of Birefringence and Sensing Characteristics of a Side-Hole Microstructured Fiber

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    Hlubina, Petr; Martynkien, Tadeusz; Olszewski, Jacek; Mergo, Pawel; Makara, Mariusz; Poturaj, Krzysztof; Urbańczyk, Waclaw

    2013-01-01

    We experimentally characterized a birefringent side-hole microstructured fiber in the visible wavelength region. The spectral dependence of the group and phase modal birefringence was measured using the methods of spectral interferometry. The phase modal birefringence of the investigated fiber increases with wavelength, but its positive sign is opposite to the sign of the group modal birefringence. We also measured the sensing characteristics of the fiber using a method of tandem spectral interferometry. Spectral interferograms corresponding to different values of a physical parameter were processed to retrieve the spectral phase functions and to determine the spectral dependence of polarimetric sensitivity to strain, temperature and hydrostatic pressure. A negative sign of the polarimetric sensitivity was deduced from the simulation results utilizing the known modal birefringence dispersion of the fiber. Our experimental results show that the investigated fiber has a very high polarimetric sensitivity to hydrostatic pressure, reaching −200 rad × MPa−1× m−1 at 750 nm. PMID:23989824

  10. Birefringence-Directed Raman Selection Rules in 2D Black Phosphorus Crystals.

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    Mao, Nannan; Wu, Juanxia; Han, Bowen; Lin, Jingjing; Tong, Lianming; Zhang, Jin

    2016-05-01

    The incident and scattered light engaged in the Raman scattering process of low symmetry crystals always suffer from the birefringence-induced depolarization. Therefore, for anisotropic crystals, the classical Raman selection rules should be corrected by taking the birefringence effect into consideration. The appearance of the 2D anisotropic materials provides an excellent platform to explore the birefringence-directed Raman selection rules, due to its controllable thickness at the nanoscale that greatly simplifies the situation comparing with bulk materials. Herein, a theoretical and experimental investigation on the birefringence-directed Raman selection rules in the anisotropic black phosphorus (BP) crystals is presented. The abnormal angle-dependent polarized Raman scattering of the Ag modes in thin BP crystal, which deviates from the normal Raman selection rules, is successfully interpreted by the theoretical model based on birefringence. It is further confirmed by the examination of different Raman modes using different laser lines and BP samples of different thicknesses. PMID:27030911