Review of passive imaging polarimetry for remote sensing applications

J. Scott Tyo, Dennis L. Goldstein, David B. Chenault, Joseph A. Shaw

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Imaging polarimetry has emerged over the past three decades as a powerful tool to enhance the information available in a variety of remote sensing applications. We discuss the foundations of passive imaging polarimetry, the phenomenological reasons for designing a polarimetric sensor, and the primary architectures that have been exploited for developing imaging polarimeters. Considerations on imaging polarimeters such as calibration, optimization, and error performance are also discussed. We review many important sources and examples from the scientific literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5453-5469
Number of pages17
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes

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