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Polarimeter calibration error gets far out of control
Author(s): Russell A. Chipman
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Paper Abstract

This is a sad story about a polarization calibration error gone amuck. A simple laboratory mistake was mistaken for a new phenomena. Aggressive management did their job and sold the flawed idea very effectively and substantial funding followed. Questions were raised and a Government lab tried but couldn’t to recreate the breakthrough. The results were unpleasant and the field of infrared polarimetry developed a bad reputation for several years.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9583, An Optical Believe It or Not: Key Lessons Learned IV, 95830H (9 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2188936
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Russell A. Chipman, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9583:
An Optical Believe It or Not: Key Lessons Learned IV
Mark A. Kahan, Editor(s)

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