Matrix Fourier optics enables a compact full-Stokes polarization camera

Noah A. Rubin, Gabriele D’Aversa, Paul Chevalier, Zhujun Shi, Wei Ting Chen, Federico Capasso

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Recent developments have enabled the practical realization of optical elements in which the polarization of light may vary spatially. We present an extension of Fourier optics—matrix Fourier optics—for understanding these devices and apply it to the design and realization of metasurface gratings implementing arbitrary, parallel polarization analysis. We show how these gratings enable a compact, full-Stokes polarization camera without standard polarization optics. Our single-shot polarization camera requires no moving parts, specially patterned pixels, or conventional polarization optics and may enable the widespread adoption of polarization imaging in machine vision, remote sensing, and other areas.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Issue number6448
StatePublished - Jul 5 2019
Externally publishedYes


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