Polarimetric impulse response and polarimetric transfer function for time sequential polarimeters

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Abstract

An analysis of polarimetric measurements in the presence of noise is presented with emphasis on rotating polarizer polarimeters. A method is presented for estimating the error bars associated with a polarization measurement of an object whose intensity is rapidily fluctuating in a noisy manner. The method requires knowledge of the power spectral density of the intensity fluctuation, and uses this information combined with the sequence of polarizing element settings and measurement times to determine the error bar estimate. The rotating polarizer polarimeter is used as an example of this technique. A relationship is established between the power spectrum of the source intensity fluctuations and the error bars associated with measurements of the stokes vector elements. The impulse response and transfer function of a polarimetric measurement and data reduction sequence are introduced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsRussel A. Chipman, John W. Morris
PublisherPubl by Int Soc for Optical Engineering
Pages223-241
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)0819403725
StatePublished - Dec 1 1990
Externally publishedYes
EventPolarimetry: Radar, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, and X-Ray - Huntsville, AL, USA
Duration: May 15 1990May 17 1990

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume1317
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherPolarimetry: Radar, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, and X-Ray
CityHuntsville, AL, USA
Period5/15/905/17/90

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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