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Polarimetry with spatially coherent detection for ultrasensitive detection

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Project "POLARSENSE" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Project website
 Total cost 173˙076 €
 EC max contribution 173˙076 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-06-01   to  2021-10-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FR (PALAISEAU CEDEX) coordinator 173˙076.00


 Project objective

It has long been known that chiral objects interact asymmetrically with chiral electromagnetic fields, but chiroptical effects are typically very small because the wavelength of light is so much larger than the size of biological molecules. The POLARSENSE project proposes a new ground-breaking approach for the detection and quantification of chirality that will permit ultrasensitive chiral discrimination through optical means. Its objective will be to set up a coherent detection method that will exploit the spatial coherence of light, similarly as in double beam interferometers exploit the temporal coherence of light. Switching from temporal coherence to spatial coherence supposes a paradigm shift for the optical coherent detection technique and it will allow using a single light beam instead of having to deal with two different beams. With this new technique, two different parts of the beam will acquire different polarizations and will then recombine coherently. The formed interference pattern will depend on the optical properties of the sample, and they will be recovered after an holographic analysis. This spatially coherent detection method can be implemented in a Mueller matrix polarimeter capable of detecting minute differences of polarization states associated to chiral signals, for example during protein folding. It is envisaged that such technique will maintain the advantages of general applicability, wide spectroscopic range and low cost of the optical method of polarimetry but with a tremendous increase of its sensitivity.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Oriol Arteaga, Razvigor Ossikovski
Complete Mueller matrix from a partial polarimetry experiment: the 12-element case
published pages: 416, ISSN: 1084-7529, DOI: 10.1364/josaa.36.000416
Journal of the Optical Society of America A 36/3 2019-11-22
2019 Oriol Arteaga, Bart Kahr
Mueller matrix polarimetry of bianisotropic materials [Invited]
published pages: F72, ISSN: 0740-3224, DOI: 10.1364/josab.36.000f72
Journal of the Optical Society of America B 36/8 2019-11-22
2019 Razvigor Ossikovski, Oriol Arteaga
Completing an experimental nondepolarizing Mueller matrix whose column or row is missing
published pages: 52905, ISSN: 2166-2754, DOI: 10.1116/1.5120342
Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B 37/5 2019-11-22
2019 Oriol Arteaga, Enric Garcia-Caurel, Razvigor Ossikovski
The Fresnel triprism and the circular polarization of light
published pages: 44-45, ISSN: 1629-4475, DOI: 10.1051/photon/2019s444
Photoniques 2019-11-22
2019 Razvigor Ossikovski, Oriol Arteaga
Complete Mueller matrix from a partial polarimetry experiment: the nine-element case
published pages: 403, ISSN: 1084-7529, DOI: 10.1364/josaa.36.000403
Journal of the Optical Society of America A 36/3 2019-11-22
2019 Oriol Arteaga, Zoubir El-Hachemi, Razvigor Ossikovski
Snapshot circular dichroism measurements
published pages: 6746, ISSN: 1094-4087, DOI: 10.1364/oe.27.006746
Optics Express 27/5 2019-10-16
2019 Razvigor Ossikovski, Mehmet Ali Kuntman, Oriol Arteaga
Anisotropic integral decomposition of depolarizing Mueller matrices
published pages: 1900, ISSN: 2578-7519, DOI: 10.1364/osac.2.001900
OSA Continuum 2/6 2019-10-16
2018 M. Ali Kuntman, Ertan Kuntman, Jordi Sancho-Parramon, Oriol Arteaga
Light scattering by coupled oriented dipoles: Decomposition of the scattering matrix
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9950, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.98.045410
Physical Review B 98/4 2019-10-16
2019 Oriol Arteaga, Enric Garcia-Caurel, Razvigor Ossikovski
Stern-Gerlach experiment with light: separating photons by spin with the method of A Fresnel
published pages: 4758, ISSN: 1094-4087, DOI: 10.1364/oe.27.004758
Optics Express 27/4 2019-10-16

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