The calibration of a visible polarimeter is discussed. Calibration coefficients that provide a
complete linear characterization of a polarimeter are represented in this paper by the analyzer vector, where
sensor response in counts is given by the dot product of the analyzer vector and the incoming Stokes vector.
Using the analyzer vector to represent the effect of the sensor on the incoming Stokes vector, we can
include elements of the calibration Stokes vector in the fit used to estimate the analyzer vectors/calibration
coefficients. This technique allows us to alleviate some of the strict requirements usually levied on the
source used to generate the calibration Stokes vectors, such as source temporal stability. Data will be
shown that validate the resultant analyzer vectors/calibration coefficients, using a novel technique with a
tilted glass plate. A discussion of how these techniques are applied to IR sensors will also be touched on.
Mark Gibney, Mark Gibney,
"Calibration of a visible polarimeter", Proc. SPIE 8364, Polarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing X, 83640B (8 June 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.920105; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.920105