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Development of simultaneous imaging polarimeter
Author(s): Kenta Fujita; Maiko Nishida; Yoichi Itoh; Tadashi Mukai
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Paper Abstract

Accurate polarization measurements are obtained by modern imaging polarimeter and spectro-polarimeter that often employ a rotating λ/2 retarder plate and a Wollaston prism. In this configuration, the linear Stokes parameter U is measured after the measurements of the Q parameter by rotating the retarder plate, or vice versa. However, the resultant accuracy is not satisfactory, because of the tracking error of the telescope and changes in atmospheric conditions. In order to enhance the polarimetric accuracy and observational efficiency, we are constructing an imaging polarimeter which can measure the two linear Stokes parameters Q and U, simultaneously. The polarimeter features an unpolarized beam splitter and two Wollaston prisms, allowing the simultaneous acquisition of the four polarized images without moving parts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6269, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy, 62693D (29 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.670232
Show Author Affiliations
Kenta Fujita, Kobe Univ. (Japan)
Maiko Nishida, Kobe Univ. (Japan)
Yoichi Itoh, Kobe Univ. (Japan)
Tadashi Mukai, Kobe Univ. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6269:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy
Ian S. McLean; Masanori Iye, Editor(s)

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