Automated polarization characterization system

Hua Wei, J. Scott Tyo

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There has been significant recent interest in the optimization of polarimeter systems, especially those designed for the remote sensing of polarization imagery, These studies have been motivated by a desire to improve the signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) and the performance of the polarimeter in the presence of systematic calibration errors. These studies have been largely theoretical, and have not presented much experimental evidence of the theoretical predictions. In this paper, we present the design of an automated polarization characterization system that we use to test the theoretical hypothesis about the optimization of polarimeters. We present results here for rotating retarder polarimeters, and verify that quarter waveplates are not the optimum retarders to use in the presence of error and noise. Our results agree with predictions, but we find that the relative balance between noise and error is delicate.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolarization Science and Remote Sensing II
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventPolarization Science and Remote Sensing III 2007 - San Diego, United States of America
Duration: 29 Aug 200730 Aug 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferencePolarization Science and Remote Sensing III 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CitySan Diego
Internet address


  • Infrared Polarimetry
  • Polarimetry
  • Polarization
  • Remote Sensing

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