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Low polarization optical system design
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Paper Abstract

Polarization-sensitive optical systems include those requiring very accurate irradiance measurements and those where polarization is the intended measurement. Low-polarization optical system design is the process of minimizing system polarization introduced by surface geometry, thin film coatings and birefringent elements, and measuring system components to verify polarization performance. The complicated, multi-step, iterative low polarization optical system design process requires initial system design, witness sample fabrication and measurement, reverse engineering of fabricated coatings and coating redesign, end-to-end system polarization aberration analysis, and system measurement and calibration. Most of this process will be spent iterating between design and measurement phases until a final design is reached that can be fabricated and calibrated to perform within the desired system tolerances. This work discusses low polarization optical system design using a three-mirror off-axis camera as an example.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6682, Polarization Science and Remote Sensing III, 66820V (13 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.734932
Show Author Affiliations
Anna-Britt Mahler, College of Optical Sciences, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Paula K. Smith, College of Optical Sciences, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Russell A. Chipman, College of Optical Sciences, Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6682:
Polarization Science and Remote Sensing III
Joseph A. Shaw; J. Scott Tyo, Editor(s)

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