Stokes and Mueller Polarimeters

Stokes and Mueller Polarimeters

Stokes polarimeter is an instrument for measuring light. The Mueller polarimeter is used for measuring polarisation properties.

Supplier: Hinds Instruments

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Technology type: Bi-refringence and Polarimetry Systems

Hinds Instruments offers two categories of polarimetry measurements: Stokes polarimetry which determines four Stokes parameters enabling light characterisation and Mueller polarimetry which determines up to 16 parameters enabling to characterise the sample measurements.

Hinds Instruments POLSNAP offers waveplate-based Stokes polarimeters with all electronics and optics in one compact design. Their dual PEM research-grade Stokes polarimeters are state-of-the-art Stokes vector polarimeters for measuring the polarisation of light and how a sample changes the polarisation of light passing through it.

Research grade Mueller matrix polarimeters are used for measuring the complete Mueller matrix of a sample at the lowest most sensitive levels available. The Hinds Instruments optical anisotropy factor measurement system is an R&D 100 award-winning system that measures the changes in the polarisation state of light that is reflected off the individual layers of a TRISO fuel particle.

Range features

A high level overview of what this range offers

Stoker polarimeters:

  • No moving parts
  • Determines all four formalised Stokes vectors with a single measurement
  • From 130nm to 18µm
  • Customisation if required

Mueller polarimeters:

  • No moving parts
  • Determines all 16 elements in one single measurement
  • From 180nm to 2500nm
  • Customisation if required

What's in this range?

All the variants in the range and a comparison of what they offer





Spectral ranges

Stokes polarimeter

Dual photoelastic modulators


100 Stokes vectors per second

130nm – 18µm

PolSNAP Stokes polarimeter

Rotating waveplate


Four Stokes vectors per second

450nm – 1600nm

Mueller polarimeter

Four photoelastic modulators


High-speed measurements

180nm – 2500nm

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