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Experimental measurement of optimal polarimeter systems
Author(s): Peng Li; J. Scott Tyo
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we present experimental measurements of optimized rotating retarder systems in the presence of noise and in the presence of experimental error in the angular positioning of the rotating elements. Previous studies have analyzed such effects theoretically and through numerical simulation. Our results agree with the theoretical predictions, but point out several practical factors that affect such systems. These factors include intensity fluctuations that cannot be modeled as additive noise, the balance between noise and error, which have always been considered separately, and the effect of input polarization state on the performance of the polarimeter systems. We present results for both passive (Stokes) and active (Mueller) polarimeters.

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Date Published: 12 December 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5158, Polarization Science and Remote Sensing, (12 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.507165
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Peng Li, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
J. Scott Tyo, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5158:
Polarization Science and Remote Sensing
Joseph A. Shaw; J. Scott Tyo, Editor(s)

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