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AIRS instrument polarization response: measurement methodology
Author(s): George W. Gigioli Jr.; Thomas S. Pagano
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Paper Abstract

A novel measurement methodology for determining the polarization response of optical instruments is described. The methodology was developed for testing the polarization response of the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS), but has general applicability. The technique involves measuring the instrument's response to each of three distinct input polarization states, and computing from these signals a polarization transfer function using a special data processing algorithm. The equations that are the basis of the data processing algorithm are presented along with an outline of their derivation. The technique has been successfully used to test the polarization response of the AIRS IR Sensor Assembly as part of the Protoflight Model (PFM) Integration and Test program. The measured data shows excellent agreement with AIRS polarization response predictions, which were calculated using very complex numerical methods. A description of the test equipment are presented along with plots of the measured and predicted AIrS Spectrometer Polarization Ratio vs. wavelength.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 December 1999
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 3759, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing VII, (6 December 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.372676
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George W. Gigioli Jr., Lockheed Martin IR Imaging Systems (United States)
Thomas S. Pagano, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3759:
Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing VII
Marija Strojnik; Bjorn F. Andresen, Editor(s)

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