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Polarization effects in Fabry-Pérot interferometer-based solar spectrometers
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Paper Abstract

The influence of thin film multilayer coatings of Fabry-Perot interferometers (FPI) on polarimetric measurements is investigated. Because the oblique ray reflectivity of the coatings in general is polarization dependent, the transmission profile is slightly different for the s- and p-components of light passing through the FPI, resulting in weak artificial polarization signals. The difference increases with larger angles of incidence and higher design reflectivity of the coatings. In order to estimate the magnitude of the effect, we perform numerical calculations with different coating designs and different optical configurations. We conclude that while current slow focal ratio solar FPI spectrometers are safe, high-precision polarimetric measurements with large aperture solar telescopes which may require considerably steeper focal ratios may suffer from spurious polarization effects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 701417 (9 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789180
Show Author Affiliations
H.-P. Doerr, Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik (Germany)
O. von der Lühe II, Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik (Germany)
T. J. Kentischer, Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7014:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II
Ian S. McLean; Mark M. Casali, Editor(s)

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