Bandwidth and information in the design and analysis of polarimeters

J. S. Tyo, Andrey S. Alenin

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Polarimeters operate by making polarization-dependent alterations in the intensity of the optical field. Modu-lated polarimeters introduce controlled uctuations as a function of time, spatial position, wavelength, angle of incidence, or any other independent variable. These uctuations create channels in frequency space that can be used to carry the polarimetric information. Since polarimeters are then inherently multiplexed information systems, issues of noise, bandwidth, channel cross-Talk, and system conditioning become immediately important. This paper reviews much of the work over the past two decades on polarimeter design, and presents some of the most recent work on hybrid and non-periodic modulation schemes that hold out potential for maximizing system bandwidth.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolarization Science and Remote Sensing VII
EditorsJoseph A. Shaw, Daniel A. LeMaster
ISBN (Electronic)9781628417791
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventPolarization Science and Remote Sensing VIII 2017 - San Diego, United States of America
Duration: 8 Aug 20179 Aug 2017 (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferencePolarization Science and Remote Sensing VIII 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CitySan Diego
Internet address


  • Optimization
  • Partial Mueller Matrix
  • Polarimetry
  • Polarization

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