Noise, error and bandwidth in polarimeters

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Modulated polarimeters reconstruct polarization information by altering the intensity, recording several measurements, then inverting the instrument's characteristic response. These devices might modulate with time-varying optics, by the introduction of spatial polarization-dependent fringes, through the use of optically thick retarders, or other methods. Recent years have seen many studies concerning the optimal performance of such instruments. In this paper, an attempt is made to present a unifying viewpoing of modulated polarimeters as devices that divide sensor bandwidth in a controlled fashion to reconstruct multiplexed polarization data.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFifty Years of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona
EditorsJohn E. Greivenkamp, Eustace L. Dereniak, Harrison H. Barrett
ISBN (Electronic)9781628412130
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event50 Years of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona - San Diego, United States of America
Duration: 19 Aug 201420 Aug 2014

Publication series

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


Conference50 Years of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CitySan Diego


  • Polarimetry
  • Polarization

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