Jones vector imaging by use of digital holography: Simulation and experimentation

T. Colomb*, E. Cuche, F. Montfort, P. Marquet, Ch Depeursinge

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We present a method to image Jones vector by use of digital holography. We demonstrate that with a single hologram acquisition, the method allows to image and to calculate Jones vector and derive the polarization parameters. The principle consists in using two reference waves polarized orthogonally that interfere with an object wave and to reconstruct separately the two wave fronts. Simulated and experimental data are compared to a theoretical model in order to evaluate the precision limit of the method for different polarization states of the object wave.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-147
Number of pages11
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number1-6
StatePublished - Feb 15 2004
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was funded through the research Grant No. 2153-067068.01 from the Swiss National Science Foundation and through the research Grant No. 6101-3, 6829.12 and 6606.2 of CTI program TOPNANO 21.


  • Birefringence imaging
  • Digital holography
  • Jones vector
  • Polarization

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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