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Broadband (UV-VIS-NIR) Mueller matrix polarimeter
Author(s): Prashant Raman; Kirk Fuller; Don Gregory; Mike Newchurch; John Christy
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Paper Abstract

A dual rotating retarder Mueller matrix polarimeter is described that operates in the UV-VIS-NIR region. The components were selected to allow the instrument to seamlessly span the 300-1100 nm region with a resolution of 2 nm or higher. Complete Mueller matrix polarimetric characterizations of a host of optical components have been performed and a select few will be presented. This instrumentation is expected to enable exploratory research into novel methods for point and standoff detection of chemical and biological threats in the atmosphere. To this end, surrogates of hazardous materials as well as background aerosols must be characterized and differentiating features in the polarization properties correlated to specific morphologies. Investigations specific to this application is underway.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8160, Polarization Science and Remote Sensing V, 816013 (9 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.893723
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Prashant Raman, The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Kirk Fuller, The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Don Gregory, The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Mike Newchurch, The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
John Christy, The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8160:
Polarization Science and Remote Sensing V
Joseph A. Shaw; J. Scott Tyo, Editor(s)

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