Stokes vector characterization by strongly measuring weak values

C. Montenegro, M. Jara, J. P. Marrou, F. De Zela

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We report the implementation of a non-standard procedure to perform Stokes polarimetry, which was recently proposed by considering weak value measurements. Our procedure is not restricted to weak measurements but applies for both weak and strong couplings between the observable being measured; the polarization (spin) vector; and the measuring device, the “pointer.” In optics, the polarization-pointer coupling is usually implemented with a birefringent crystal. This applies in the weak coupling regime. We overcame this limitation by using an alternative setup in which one can go from weak to strong couplings by tuning a moveable mirror. We carried out our proof-of-concept experiments with a laser beam, the image of which was recorded and processed on a charge-coupled device. Our results illustrate that some concepts, originally introduced in a quantum context, in fact refer to properties that are common to both quantum and classical phenomena.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)723-729
Número de páginas7
PublicaciónJournal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision
Volumen41
N.º4
DOI
EstadoPublicada - 1 abr. 2024

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