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Measured performance for proposed depolarizer for the ocean radiometer for carbon assessment
Author(s): Manuel A. Quijada; Eugene Waluschka; Mark Wilson; Charles R McClain
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Paper Abstract

The Ocean Radiometer for Carbon Assessment (ORCA) is a new design concept for the next generation ocean biology and biogeochemistry satellite sensor. The wavelength range will be from the near UV, through the visible and to the Short Wave infrared. The challenge in this design is to remove the polarization effects from the optical performance of this hyper spectral observing instrument. In order to remove any polarization sensitivity during observation, the design calls for a front-end depolarizer that consists of two wedged birefringent magnesium fluoride crystals. Here we discuss the polarimetry measurements performed on this polarization scrambler, the depolarizer design and compare these results with model calculations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 August 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7461, Polarization Science and Remote Sensing IV, 746105 (11 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.827427
Show Author Affiliations
Manuel A. Quijada, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Eugene Waluschka, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Mark Wilson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Charles R McClain, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7461:
Polarization Science and Remote Sensing IV
Joseph A. Shaw; J. Scott Tyo, Editor(s)

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