13 September 2011 ORCA's depolarizer
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Abstract
The Ocean Radiometer for Carbon Assessment (ORCA), currently being developed at Goddard, is a hyperspectral instrument with a spectral range extending from 350nm to 880nm in the UV and visible wavelength. Its radiometric measurement accuracy will depend, in part, on the extent to which it is insensitive to linearly polarized light. A wedge type depolarizer is used to reduce ORCA's polarization sensitivity over its entire spectral range. The choice for this approach is driven by the large spectral range and to a certain extent is also influenced by the currently orbiting SeaWifs instrument's use of a wedge depolarizer and its low polarization sensitivity. The wedge depolarizer's design, its modeled and measured depolarization characteristics are presented.
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Eugene Waluschka, Eugene Waluschka, Mark Wilson, Mark Wilson, Manuel Quijada, Manuel Quijada, Brendan McAndrew, Brendan McAndrew, Leibo Ding, Leibo Ding, } "ORCA's depolarizer", Proc. SPIE 8153, Earth Observing Systems XVI, 81530U (13 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.895482; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.895482
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