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Development of tunable polarimetric optical scattering instrument from 4.3-9.7 microns
Author(s): Jason C. Vap; Stephen E. Nauyoks; Thomas Fitzgerald; Michael A. Marciniak
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Paper Abstract

To examine the polarimetric Bidirectional Scatter Distribution Function (BSDF) of samples in the mid-wave infrared (MWIR) and long-wave infrared (LWIR), a full Stokes polarimetric optical scatter instrument has been developed which is tunable from 4.3-9.7 microns through the use of six external-cavity quantum-cascade lasers. The polarimeter is realized through a dual-rotating-retarder configuration, which allows full Mueller-matrix extraction over the tunable wavelengths. Optical characterization of the polarimeter components was conducted to establish performance baselines for the system. The dynamic range of the system is nine orders of magnitude.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2011
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8154, Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XIX, 81540E (17 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.892470
Show Author Affiliations
Jason C. Vap, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Stephen E. Nauyoks, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Thomas Fitzgerald, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Michael A. Marciniak, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8154:
Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XIX
Marija Strojnik; Gonzalo Paez, Editor(s)

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