15 November 2000 Figures of merit for complete Stokes polarimeter optimization
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Abstract
Figures of merit for optimization of a complete Stokes polarimeter based on its measurement matrix are described which are not limited in their application to cases in which four measurements are used in the determination of a single Stokes vector. Singular value decomposition and probability theory are used to investigate the behavior and significance of these figures of merit. Their use to optimize a system consisting of a rotatable retarder and fixed polarizer indicates that a retardance of 132° (approximately three-eighths wave) and retarder orientation angles of ±51.7° and ±15.1° are favorable when four measurements are used. The performance of this system is demonstrated with experimental data.
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Derek S. Sabatke, Ann M. Locke, Michael R. Descour, William C. Sweatt, John Phillips Garcia, Eustace L. Dereniak, Shanalyn A. Kemme, Gary S. Phipps, "Figures of merit for complete Stokes polarimeter optimization", Proc. SPIE 4133, Polarization Analysis, Measurement, and Remote Sensing III, (15 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.406613; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.406613
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