Extending optimization to active Mueller polarimeters

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Abstract

Recent years have seen the development of several new results that predict and explain the optimum configurations for passive Stokes polarimeters. Stokes polarimeters work by analyzing an unknown input Stokes vector by taking its projection on several known polarization states. The polarimeter is optimized when these states are maximally spaced on the surface of the 4-dimensional conical space of allowed polarization states. Active Mueller matrix polarimetry can be thought of as the combination of two passive polarimeters - one to generate the polarization state and one to analyze the scattered state. It is demonstrated here that an active polarimeter has maximal SNR when the polarization state generator and analyzer are each individually optimized.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolarization Measurement, Analysis, and Applications V
PublisherSPIE
Pages68-74
Number of pages7
Volume4819
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventPolarization Measurement, Analysis, and Applications V - Seattle, United States of America
Duration: 8 Jul 20029 Jul 2002
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Publication series

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

Conference

ConferencePolarization Measurement, Analysis, and Applications V
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CitySeattle
Period8/07/029/07/02
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