14 February 2003 Imaging polarimetry: opportunities and limitations
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With a new class of imaging polarimeters it is now possible to eliminate the previous main limiting factors of seeing and gain-table noise in the polarization images to allow spectro-polarimetry with a precision of 5 × 10-6. This has opened the door to a previously unexplored world of polarization phenomena with promising diagnostic possibilities not only for the Sun but also for night-time astronomy. While illustrating examples of what has been achieved, we present an overview of the new opportunities and quantify the limitations imposed by the photon flux.
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Jan Olof Stenflo, "Imaging polarimetry: opportunities and limitations", Proc. SPIE 4843, Polarimetry in Astronomy, (14 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.458603; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.458603


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