14 May 2018 Polarization considerations in the multi-angle imager for aerosols (MAIA)
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The significant effects of aerosols on public health and climate drive a growing necessity for the characterization of particulate matter in air pollutants. The earth-orbiting Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols (MAIA) instrument will combine radiance and polarization measurements to derive features of ground-level particulate matter. The optical design requires an in-depth analysis of several key polarization factors in order to meet stringent requirements on radiometric and polarimetric accuracy. A simple two-layer optical coating, a pair of achromatic quarter-wave plates, and analysis of the polarization aberrations are used to minimize the effects of polarization errors and achieve high polarimetric accuracy.
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Julie M. Gillis, Julie M. Gillis, Russell A. Chipman, Russell A. Chipman, David J. Diner, David J. Diner, Matthew B. Dubin, Matthew B. Dubin, "Polarization considerations in the multi-angle imager for aerosols (MAIA)", Proc. SPIE 10655, Polarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing XIII, 1065507 (14 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2309332; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2309332

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