17 May 2001 Rotating polarizer and rotating retarder plate polarimeters: comparison of performances
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Proceedings Volume 4285, Testing, Reliability, and Applications of Optoelectronic Devices; (2001) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.426894
Event: Symposium on Integrated Optics, 2001, San Jose, CA, United States
Abstract
Rotating polarizer and rotating retarder plate polarimeters are widely used in high-resolution polarimetry, for example in remote sensing, fiber optic measurements and biomedics; as a consequence the analysis of the performances of these devices is very important from the instrumental point of view. To compare the two methods, we developed a synchronous polarimeter based on a mechanically rotating stage, where a rotating Glan-Thompson linear polarizer or a wave retarder can be easily mounted. A specific design allows to acquire synchronously the intensity signals digitally process the data to extract the polarization Stokes parameters. We investigate the two cases along with their impact on measurement techniques. Performance curves are shown for various polarization input parameters and light levels. Specifically, we address issues concerning the accuracy and the systematic and statistical measuring errors. Moreover, computer simulations and measurement results are presented and discussed.
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Stefano Pelizzari, Stefano Pelizzari, Luigi Rovati, Luigi Rovati, C. De Angelis, C. De Angelis, } "Rotating polarizer and rotating retarder plate polarimeters: comparison of performances", Proc. SPIE 4285, Testing, Reliability, and Applications of Optoelectronic Devices, (17 May 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.426894; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.426894
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