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A Spectrum Scanning Stokes Polarimeter
Author(s): Thomas G. Baur; Lewis L. House
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Paper Abstract

A photoelectric polarimeter for measuring solar spectral line profiles in all four Stokes parameters has been built and operates on a 40 cm coronagraph in a joint project with Sacramento Peak Observatory. A description of the optical and electronic systems and the calibration scheme is presented. Performance parameters determined from observations are also given. The polarimeter package consisting of a pair of KDP's, a quarter wave plate, and a polarizing beam splitter is located at the prime focus of the coronograph. Modulation of the KDP's encodes polarization information into intensity signals that are electronically detected. The scanning of the spectrum, accomplished by rotating the grating, permits Stokes line profiles to be recorded on magnetic tape for processing. The instrument can be used to scan any line from 3900 to 7000Å with a spectral resolution of .01Å. Polarizations as small as .001 percent are detectable. The polarimeter and observing system are computer controlled.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 October 1977
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0112, Optical Polarimetry: Instrumentation and Applications, (19 October 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.955565
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas G. Baur, National Center for Atmospheric Research (United States)
Lewis L. House, National Center for Atmospheric Research (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0112:
Optical Polarimetry: Instrumentation and Applications
Rasheed M. A. Azzam; David Coffeen, Editor(s)

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