Scene-adaptive spatially channeled imaging Mueller polarimeter

J. Scott Tyo, Oscar G. Rodríguez-Herrera, Connor Flannery, Joe Kurtz, Andrey S. Alenin

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A spatially adaptive Mueller matrix imaging polarimeter is described, simulated, and demonstrated with preliminary experiments. The system uses a spatial light modulator (SLM) in the polarization state generator (PSG) to create spatial carriers that controlled by the pattern written to the SLM. The polarization state analyzer (PSA) is a commercial division of focal plane imaging polarimeter. The PSG/PSA pair form a 9-channeled partial Mueller matrix polarimeter that measures a 3 × 3 sub-matrix of the Mueller matrix. We demonstrate that adapting the PSG modulation to the spatial frequency structure of the scene can reduce channel crosstalk and improve reconstruction accuracy. Initial experiments are performed that demonstrate the SLM's ability to produce sufficient modulation diversity to create the desired channel structure. Though there are several experimental challenges to obtain accurate Mueller matrix imagery, we demonstrate a system that adapts to the particular scene spatial frequency structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23678-23692
Number of pages15
JournalOptics Express
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2023

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