Date of Award
Master of Science
In the quest for the realization of ever more powerful and versatile technology, the fields of semiconductor electronics, spintronics, photonics, and quantum optics have all seen new advances through exploiting the chiral properties of matter, light, or utilizing chiral geometries. The ability to probe chiral materials at high-resolution is thus a major asset to any research lab in these fields. The Open Polarimeter (Opol), an inexpensive, home-built high-resolution polarimeter designed by Andrew Harvie et al. in 2020 and based upon earlier designs by Tumerman (1981) and Vishnyakov et al. (2011), is an advantageous choice in comparison with far costlier and less versatile high-resolution polarimeters on the market today. In this Thesis, an experimental reproduction of Opol based upon Harvie's 2020 publication is realized. Measurements of D-sucrose at various concentrations confirm Opol's high-resolution, with a measured accuracy and precision of .0005 and .0029 degrees. respectively.
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