Juan Carlos Gonzalez de Sande
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Università Roma Tre and CNISM, Italy
Photonics, Optics and Laser Technology
Spectroscopy, Imaging and Metrology
A simple method for Mueller matrix polarimetry is proposed. The experimental set up is based on using an azimuthally polarized input beam, which presents all possible linearly polarized states across its transverse section, and an adapted commercial light polarimeter for analyzing the polarization state of the output beam. It will be shown that by measuring the Stokes parameters at only three different positions across the output beam section, the complete Mueller matrix of linear deterministic samples can be easily determined.