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Phase retardation measurement in simple and reverse Senarmont compensators without calibrated quarter wave plates

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The modification of the Senarmont compensator is presented. It uses standard simple and reverse Senarmont setups, however, the phase retardances of unknown medium as well as the element used as a quarterwave plate in classical setups could be measured. It leads to conclusion that retardations of two unknown elements could be obtained and no calibrated quarter wave plate is needed.
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Keywords: Birefringence; compensator; optical anisotropy; phase retardance measurement

Document Type: Original Article

Affiliations: Institute of Physics, Wrocław University of Technology, Wybrzeże Wyspiańskiego 27, 50-370 Wrocław, Poland

Publication date: 2002-04-01

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