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Use of Mueller and non-Mueller matrices to describe polarization properties of telescope-based polarimeters
Author(s): P. H. Seagraves; David F. Elmore
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Paper Abstract

Systems using optical elements such as linear polarizers, retarders, and mirrors can be represented by Mueller matrices. Some polarimeters include elements with time-varying polarization properties, multiple light beams, light detectors, and signal processing equipment. Standard Mueller matrix forms describing time-varying retarders, and beam splitters are presented, as well as non-Mueller matrices which describe detection and signal processing. These matrices provide a compact and intuitive mathematical description of polarimeter response which can aid in the refining of instrument designs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2265, Polarization Analysis and Measurement II, (14 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.186674
Show Author Affiliations
P. H. Seagraves, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
David F. Elmore, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2265:
Polarization Analysis and Measurement II
Dennis H. Goldstein; David B. Chenault, Editor(s)

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