New polarization-modulation spectrometer for simultaneous circular dichroism and optical rotary dispersion measurements (I): Instrument design, analysis, and evaluation

Shindo, Yohji; Ohmi, Yasuhiro
December 1985
Review of Scientific Instruments;Dec1985, Vol. 56 Issue 12, p2237
Academic Journal
The Mueller matrix approach is used for designing, analyzing, and evaluating a new polarization-modulation spectrometer for simultaneous measurements of circular dichroism (CD) and optical rotatory dispersion (ORD). The same approach is applied to commercial CD spectropolarimeters for the evaluation of their performance in order to clarify our new spectrometer. On the basis of the results obtained, our JASCO J-500 CD spectropolarimeter was converted into the new spectrometer. Preliminary experiments indicate that CD and ORD can be measured simultaneously above 400 nm. It is also shown that this new spectrometer can be used for measuring linear dichroism and linear birefringence simultaneously.


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