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Polarization contributions from optical components on infrared sounding instruments
Author(s): James B. Heaney; Kenneth P. Stewart; Scott E. Bradley; Phillip W. Alley
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Paper Abstract

Measured infrared reflectance and transmittance data, as a function of wavelength and incidence angle, are presented for polarization inducing components on a typical Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) atmospheric sounding instrument. The data are then used to construct Mueller matrices from which instrument polarization sensitivity, not only to incoming radiance from an observed scene, but also to the instrument's own radiant signature. A comparison is made between the polarizing characteristics of a typical filter-type infrared sounding radiometer and a proposed Micheson-type FOurier transform alternative.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 1996
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 2812, GOES-8 and Beyond, (18 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.254066
Show Author Affiliations
James B. Heaney, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kenneth P. Stewart, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Scott E. Bradley, Orbital Sciences Corp. (United States)
Phillip W. Alley, SUNY/Geneseo (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2812:
GOES-8 and Beyond
Edward R. Washwell, Editor(s)

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