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Fundamental limits on estimation of polarization properties of quasi-monochromatic light
Author(s): Jerzy Nowakowski; Anthony Carillo
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we discuss the estimation of parameters describing polarized and partially polarized light when radiation is collected with a receiver consisting of an array of incoherent detectors and registering light levels after passage through an array of retardation plates and analyzers. The results obtained in semiclassical limit include Poisson photon statistics. We obtain fundamental limits on estimation of parameters of interest as a function of the number of photons available, and determine the value of a priori knowledge for achieving the desired estimation accuracy for both signal and background shot noise limited condition. The results presented are applicable to both active and passive systems where measurements of polarization signatures can improve detection and/or discrimination of targets, or when polarization coding is used to transmit information.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 August 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1967, Characterization, Propagation, and Simulation of Sources and Backgrounds III, (13 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.151040
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Jerzy Nowakowski, Riverside Research Institute (United States)
Anthony Carillo, CECOM EW/RSTA (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1967:
Characterization, Propagation, and Simulation of Sources and Backgrounds III
Wendell R. Watkins; Dieter Clement, Editor(s)

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