23 October 2012 Polarization sensitivity of Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Flight Unit 1
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This paper describes measured performance of VIIRS Flight unit 1 (F1) in response to variations in linearly polarized light input into the instrument. Measurements and analysis show that VIIRS F1 meets specified polarization sensitivity requirements with maximum measured degree of linear polarization (DoLP) ranging from 0.5% for the M7 band (865 nm) to 2.8% for the M1 band at 412 nm. Estimated uncertainty in the DoLP ranges from 0.l7% for the M6 band at 746 nm up to 0.37% for I2 at 865 nm. Detailed tables of measured polarization sensitivity characteristics for all spectral bands, all detectors and both sides of the VIIRS de-rotation mirror are provided to help the VIIRS users’ community with analysis of measured spectral radiances in the solar reflectance channels.
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Edward J. Novitsky, Stephen Herbst, James B. Young, Jeffery J. Puschell, Eric C. Fest, Bruce Guenther, "Polarization sensitivity of Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Flight Unit 1", Proc. SPIE 8516, Remote Sensing System Engineering IV, 85160I (23 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.2000151; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2000151
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