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Figures of merit for complete Stokes polarimeter optimization
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Paper Abstract

Figures of merit for optimization of a complete Stokes polarimeter based on its measurement matrix are described which are not limited in their application to cases in which four measurements are used in the determination of a single Stokes vector. Singular value decomposition and probability theory are used to investigate the behavior and significance of these figures of merit. Their use to optimize a system consisting of a rotatable retarder and fixed polarizer indicates that a retardance of 132° (approximately three-eighths wave) and retarder orientation angles of ±51.7° and ±15.1° are favorable when four measurements are used. The performance of this system is demonstrated with experimental data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 November 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4133, Polarization Analysis, Measurement, and Remote Sensing III, (15 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.406613
Show Author Affiliations
Derek S. Sabatke, Optical Sciences Ctr./Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Ann M. Locke, Optical Sciences Ctr./Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Michael R. Descour, Optical Sciences Ctr./Univ. of Arizona (United States)
William C. Sweatt, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
John Phillips Garcia, Optical Sciences Ctr./Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Eustace L. Dereniak, Optical Sciences Ctr./Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Shanalyn A. Kemme, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Gary S. Phipps, Sandia National Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4133:
Polarization Analysis, Measurement, and Remote Sensing III
David B. Chenault; Walter G. Egan; Michael J. Duggin; Michael J. Duggin; Walter G. Egan; Dennis H. Goldstein, Editor(s)

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