On Fabry─Pérot Etalon-based Instruments. II. The Anisotropic (Birefringent) Case

DOI: 
10.3847/1538-4365/ab1c57
Publication date: 
01/06/2019
Main author: 
Bailén, F. J.
IAA authors: 
Bailén, F. J.;Orozco Suárez, D.;del Toro Iniesta, J. C.
Authors: 
Bailén, F. J.;Orozco Suárez, D.;del Toro Iniesta, J. C.
Journal: 
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series
Refereed: 
Yes
Publication type: 
Article
Volume: 
242
Pages: 
21
Abstract: 
Crystalline etalons present several advantages with respect to other types of filtergraphs when employed in magnetographs, especially that they can be tuned by only applying electric fields. However, anisotropic crystalline etalons can also introduce undesired birefringent effects that corrupt the polarization of the incoming light. In particular, uniaxial Fabry─Pérots, such as LiNbO<SUB>3</SUB> etalons, are birefringent when illuminated with an oblique beam. The farther the incidence from the normal, the larger the induced retardance between the two orthogonal polarization states. The application of high voltages, as well as fabrication defects, can also change the direction of the optical axis of the crystal, introducing birefringence even at normal illumination. Here we obtain analytical expressions for the induced retardance and for the Mueller matrix of uniaxial etalons located in both collimated and telecentric configurations. We also evaluate the polarimetric behavior of Z-cut crystalline etalons with the incident angle, with the orientation of the optical axis, and with the f-number of the incident beam for the telecentric case. We study artificial signals produced in the output Stokes vector in the two configurations. Last, we discuss the polarimetric dependence of the imaging response of the etalon for both collimated and telecentric setups.
Database: 
ADS
SCOPUS
URL: 
https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85069953499&doi=10.3847%2f1538-4365%2fab1c57&partnerID=40&md5=44f9d11727bd35304ef4960e7e1e6cef
ADS Bibcode: 
2019ApJS..242...21B
Keywords: 
instrumentation: polarimeters;instrumentation: spectrographs;methods: analytical;polarization;techniques: polarimetric;techniques: spectroscopic