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The design and implementation of the full-Stokes imaging spectropolarimeter
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The imaging spectro-polarimetry combines the spectral imaging technology and the imaging polarization technology. It assembles the functions of camera, spectrometer and polarimeter. So the optical information quantity is increased and the detection efficiency is improved. But the acquirement of the multi-dimensional information results in the detector complex construction and large volume. The moving part is used in the current method to realize the different polarization states or spectral filtering. The images are difficult for registration and the current method can’t be used to get the motion scene. This paper presents innovative imaging spectro-polarimetry method with no moving parts. The hyper-spectral information, full-Stokes polarization information and one-dimensional spatial information are obtained by the polarization modulating and spectrum dispersing. The designed imaging spectro-polarimeter is composed of two parts, a polarization module and the spectral dispersive module. They are all employed stationary configuration. The polarization module includes two birefringent crystal wave plates and a polarizer. The thickness of the birefringent wave-plates and the polarization axes of each component are optimized and the full-Stokes polarization information is loaded on the spectrum. The polarization information can be restored by the Fourier transform. The concentric Offner configuration is adopted for spectral dispersive module. It is composed of two concave spherical mirrors and a holographic aberration-corrected convex grating. The designed dispersive configuration is compact and aligned simply. And high quality linear dispersion, low distortion spectral image are implemented. The Full-stokes imaging spectro-polarimeter our designed is validated by the model simulation and the laboratory experiment. The mixed hyper-spectral information and accuracy polarization information can be obtained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9684, 8th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Optical Test, Measurement Technology, and Equipment, 96843P (27 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2242944
Show Author Affiliations
Jiankang Zhou, Soochow Univ. (China)
Yiqun Ji, Soochow Univ. (China)
Xinhua Chen, Soochow Univ. (China)
Yuheng Chen, Soochow Univ. (China)
Suodong Ma, Soochow Univ. (China)
Weimin Shen, Soochow Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9684:
8th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Optical Test, Measurement Technology, and Equipment
Yudong Zhang; Fan Wu; Ming Xu; Sandy To, Editor(s)

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