Stress-optic modulator: a novel device for high sensitivity linear birefringence measurements

F. Brandi, E. Polacco, G. Ruoso

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Abstract

In this paper we present a device, called the stress-optic modulator (SOM), that allows us to perform high sensitivity measurements of linear birefringence with low frequency signal. The SOM can be used as a polarization modulator in a heterodyne detection scheme to measure the ellipticity induced on a linearly polarized laser beam. Its operation makes use of the strain produced on a glass window by two blocked PZTs, thus enabling a careful control of the stress and of the anisotropy induced on the isotropic glass. A sensitivity of 3 × 10
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1503-1508
JournalMeasurement Science and Technology
Volume12
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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