24 July 2014 Polarization considerations for long baseline interferometry
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Abstract
In building long baseline interferometers with many fold mirrors, the wavefront quality, reflectivity loss, and relative dispersion are not the only issues a designer must contend with. The polarization effects from fold mirrors on light can significantly reduce fringe visibility. However, recognizing a mirror’s polarization effects early can influence interferometer design and minimize fold mirrors polarization effects on fringe visibility. In this article, the polarization effects of various mirrors are provided in a simplified manner providing the optical designer with insight into the ill effects mirrors have on a polarization state. Several possible techniques are described to remedy the polarimetric fringe visibility loss. This understanding can provide designers with the necessary tools to minimize polarization visibility loss for a long baseline interferometer.
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Jason Mudge, Benjamin Johnson, Chad Ogden, "Polarization considerations for long baseline interferometry", Proc. SPIE 9146, Optical and Infrared Interferometry IV, 91460R (24 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2054770; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2054770
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