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Automated polarization characterization system
Author(s): Hua Wei; J. Scott Tyo
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Paper Abstract

There has been significant recent interest in the optimization of polarimeter systems, especially those designed for the remote sensing of polarization imagery. These studies have been motivated by a desire to improve the signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) and the performance of the polarimeter in the presence of systematic calibration errors. These studies have been largely theoretical, and have not presented much experimental evidence of the theoretical predictions. In this paper, we present the design of an automated polarization characterization system that we use to test the theoretical hypothesis about the optimization of polarimeters. We present results here for rotating retarder polarimeters, and verify that quarter waveplates are not the optimum retarders to use in the presence of error and noise. Our results agree with predictions, but we find that the relative balance between noise and error is delicate.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5888, Polarization Science and Remote Sensing II, 58881M (10 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.624109
Show Author Affiliations
Hua Wei, The Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
J. Scott Tyo, The Univ. of New Mexico (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5888:
Polarization Science and Remote Sensing II
Joseph A. Shaw; J. Scott Tyo, Editor(s)

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