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Optimum angles for a Mueller matrix polarimeter
Author(s): Amrit Ambirajan; Dwight C. Look Jr.
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Paper Abstract

The four optimum rotation angles for a Mueller matrix polarimeter consisting of a quarter wave plate in conjunction with a linear polarizer, are found. This is done by using the determinant and condition numbers of the system measurement matrix as objective functions in a minimization procedure. The four angles so found result in the polarimeter's estimate of the incident Stokes vector to have a minimum sensitivity with respect to fluctuations in the detected flux and errors in the angular position of the optical components constituting the polarimeter. Four optimal angles are presented. These four angles also retain a simplicity of form for the measurement matrix.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 1994
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2265, Polarization Analysis and Measurement II, (14 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.186680
Show Author Affiliations
Amrit Ambirajan, Univ. of Missouri/Rolla (United States)
Dwight C. Look Jr., Univ. of Missouri/Rolla (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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