Design and Optimization of a Complete Stokes Polarimeter for the MWIR

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A figure of merit for optimization of a complete Stokes polarimeter based on its measurement matrix is described from the standpoint of singular value decomposition and analysis of variance. It is applied to optimize a system featuring a rotatable retarder and fixed polarizer, and to study the effects of non-ideal retarder properties. A retardance of 132{degree} (approximately three-eighths wave) and retarder orientation angles of {+-}51.7{degree} and {+-}15.1{degree} are favorable when four measurements are used. An achromatic, form-birefringent retarder for the 3--5 {micro}m spectral region has been fabricated and characterized. The effects of non-idealities in the form-birefringent retarder are moderate, and ... continued below

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DERENIAK,E.L.; SABATKE,D.S.; LOCKE,A.M.; DESCOUR,M.R.; SWEATT,WILLIAM C.; GARCIA,J.P. et al. August 11, 2000.

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A figure of merit for optimization of a complete Stokes polarimeter based on its measurement matrix is described from the standpoint of singular value decomposition and analysis of variance. It is applied to optimize a system featuring a rotatable retarder and fixed polarizer, and to study the effects of non-ideal retarder properties. A retardance of 132{degree} (approximately three-eighths wave) and retarder orientation angles of {+-}51.7{degree} and {+-}15.1{degree} are favorable when four measurements are used. An achromatic, form-birefringent retarder for the 3--5 {micro}m spectral region has been fabricated and characterized. The effects of non-idealities in the form-birefringent retarder are moderate, and performance superior to that of a quarter-wave plate is expected.

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  • Ground Target Modeling and Validation Conference, Houghton, MI (US), 08/15/2000--08/17/2000

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  • Report No.: SAND2000-2042C
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DERENIAK,E.L.; SABATKE,D.S.; LOCKE,A.M.; DESCOUR,M.R.; SWEATT,WILLIAM C.; GARCIA,J.P. et al. Design and Optimization of a Complete Stokes Polarimeter for the MWIR, article, August 11, 2000; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc716677/: accessed September 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.