Generation of Spatially Varying Polarization

One of the most attractive capabilities of VirtualLab Fusion is the fully vectorial simulation of multidisciplinary optical systems. As an example, we take a Mach-Zehnder interferometer, which consists of beam splitters, mirrors and lenses, as the basic setup; insert polarizers in both arms of the interferometer and, by rotating the polarizer(s), we generate spatially varying polarization states. And since we are talking about polarizers, we would also like to mention that VirtualLab Fusion provides a non-paraxial model thereof which goes beyond the Jones matrix approach.

Generation of Spatially Varying Polarization

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With a Mach-Zehnder interferometer setup with two rotatable polarizers, we demonstrate the generation of spatially varying polarization.

Stokes Parameters behind Tilted Polarizer

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By using an idealized non-paraxial polarizer model, the interaction of a polarizer with incident waves from different angles is investigated, and the results are characterized by Stokes parameters.

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