Highly polarization-sensitive thick gratings for a holographic Stokesmeter

M. S. Shahriar, J. T. Shen, M. A. Hall, Renu Tripathi, Jong Kwon Lee, Alex Heifetz

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A holographic Stokesmeter has the potential to be useful in high-speed polarization imaging applications. Highly polarization-sensitive gratings are an important component in a robust holographic Stokesmeter. We demonstrate a set of individual holographic gratings in a thick substrate displaying a high contrast in diffraction efficiency as a function of the polarization of the read beam. We confirm that the observed dependence is consistent with the coupled-wave analysis of such gratings. In addition, we performed a numerical analysis of the noise tolerance of such a Stokesmeter, and suggest a heterodyne architecture to further enhance signal-to-noise ratio.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-73
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number1-6
StatePublished - Jan 17 2005


  • Holography
  • Polarimetry
  • Volume holographic gratings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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