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11 July 2008 Wide-field one-shot optical polarimeter: HOWPol
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Abstract
For prompt optical polarimetry of gamma-ray burst (GRB) afterglow, we require wide-field imaging polarimeter which can produce both Stokes Q and U parameters from only a single exposure, as well as quickly-moving telescope and enclosure system. HOWPol is an optical imaging polarimeter which provides four linearly polarized images at position angles of 0°, 45°, 90° and 135°, i.e., Stokes I, Q, U, simultaneously. The key device is the wedged double Wollaston prism described by Oliva (1997)1 and Pernechele et al. (2003).2 The images are focused on two 2k×4k fully depleted CCDs. We report the design and development of the optical devices of HOWPol, which will be mounted to the 1.5-m Kanata telescope at Hiroshima University and stand by the GRB alert.
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