Spectroscopic Stokes vector polarimetry for biomedical applications

Jessica Ramella-Roman, Amritha Nayak

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We present the design and calibration of a spectroscopic Stokes vector polarimeter. The polarimeter can measure the full Stokes vector in the wavelength range 450nm to 767nm with 1 nm resolution and consists of a fiber based spectrophotometer, a white LED light source, two liquid crystal retarders, and one polarizer. Calibration of the system is achieved with a scheme that does not require knowledge of the polarizing elements orientation or retardation. Six intensity spectra are required to calculate the full spectrum Stokes vector. Error in the polarimeter is less than 5%. We report the Stokes vectors of light transmitted through several polarizing element and biological media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings - Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Annual Meeting-LEOS
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event2009 IEEE LEOS Annual Meeting Conference, LEOS '09 - Belek-Antalya, Turkey
Duration: Oct 4 2009Oct 8 2009


Other2009 IEEE LEOS Annual Meeting Conference, LEOS '09


  • Spectroscopy
  • Stokes vector

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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