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Measurement Of A Multiple-Component Serial Device Of Partial Polarizing And Retarding Elements
Author(s): Laurence J. November
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Paper Abstract

Remote testing by measurement of the output polarization states given known input polarization states is used to determine the matrix of a serial system consisting of n spatially uniform, nonscattering, rotatable, polarization-modification devices of constant parameters. With a particular measurement procedure, 6n +3 polarization measurements are sufficient to determine uniquely the polarization modification matrix of the serial system in all of its rotational degrees of freedom. A numerical procedure is demonstrated for inverting measurements taken in a way which did not strictly conform to the nominal procedure. The numerical procedure is applied to the Sacramento Peak Vacuum Tower Telescope. The telescope contains three intermediate and rotationally distinguishable elements which represent oblique mirror reflections combined with vacuum stressed windows.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 1988
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 0891, Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems, (29 June 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.944297
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Laurence J. November, National Solar Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0891:
Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems
Russell A. Chipman, Editor(s)

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