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Optical Engineering

Optimum angles for a polarimeter: part II
Author(s): Amrit Ambirajan; Dwight C. Look
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Paper Abstract

The four sets of two optimum rotation angles for a polarimeter consisting of a quarter-wave plate in conjunction with a linear polarizer, both of which are free to rotate, are determined. These angles are obtained by maximizing the determinant of the system measurement matrix. The determinant for this system is approximately twice the value of the determinant when only the quarter-wave plate is free to rotate. In addition, the condition numbers of the measurement matrix decrease with the additional consideration of a rotatable linear polarizer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1995
PDF: 3 pages
Opt. Eng. 34(6) doi: 10.1117/12.202098
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 34, Issue 6
Show Author Affiliations
Amrit Ambirajan, Univ. of Missouri/Rolla (United States)
Dwight C. Look, Univ. of Missouri/Rolla (United States)


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