Single-pixel, single-input-state polarization-sensitive wavefront imaging

Soocheol Kim, Barry Cense, Chulmin Joo

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In this Letter, we describe a single-pixel polarizationsensitive imaging technique, capable of generating the birefringence map of a thin specimen by using single-pixel detectors. Spatially modulated light is circularly polarized to illuminate the specimen. The transmitted light through the specimen is then focused via a lens and measured by position-sensitive detectors in two orthogonal polarization channels. The measurement of the irradiance and centroid position of the optical focus and subsequent computations enable the production of polarization-dependent wavefront maps, which can then be utilized to reconstruct sample birefringence information. We demonstrate the feasibility of our method by measuring distribution of optic-axis orientation and phase retardation of various birefringent samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3965-3968
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding. Ministry of SMEs and Startups (S2831466); National Research Foundation of Korea (2020R1A2C2012061).

Publisher Copyright:
©2020 Optical Society of America.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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