Relation between system optimization and systematic errors in Stokes vector polarimeters

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Abstract

Several recent studies have investigated the optimization of Stokes vector polarimeters with respect to signal to noise ratio (SNR). While SNR is an important consideration, performance of a polarimeter in the presence of errors in the calibration and alignment of the optical components is also important. Here, the relationship between system condition and error performance is investigated, and it is shown that an optimum system from the point of view of SNR is not always an optimum system with respect to error performance. A detailed theory of error performance is presented, and the relationship between system condition and systematic errors is described. For systems that overdetermine the Stokes vector to improve error performance, the RMS error of a SV polarimeter is shown to fall off as the inverse of the number of measurements taken.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsD.B. Chenault, M.J. Duggin, W.G. Egan, D.H. Goldstein
Pages22-30
Number of pages9
Volume4481
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventPolarization Analisys, Measurement, and Remote Sensing IV - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jul 29 2001Jul 31 2001

Other

OtherPolarization Analisys, Measurement, and Remote Sensing IV
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period7/29/017/31/01

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Polarimeters
Systematic errors
polarimeters
systematic errors
optimization
Signal to noise ratio
signal to noise ratios
Calibration
alignment

Keywords

  • Polarization
  • Polarization imaging
  • Stokes vector polarimeters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Tyo, J. S. (2002). Relation between system optimization and systematic errors in Stokes vector polarimeters. In D. B. Chenault, M. J. Duggin, W. G. Egan, & D. H. Goldstein (Eds.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 4481, pp. 22-30) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.452903

Relation between system optimization and systematic errors in Stokes vector polarimeters. / Tyo, J Scott.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. ed. / D.B. Chenault; M.J. Duggin; W.G. Egan; D.H. Goldstein. Vol. 4481 2002. p. 22-30.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Tyo, JS 2002, Relation between system optimization and systematic errors in Stokes vector polarimeters. in DB Chenault, MJ Duggin, WG Egan & DH Goldstein (eds), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 4481, pp. 22-30, Polarization Analisys, Measurement, and Remote Sensing IV, San Diego, CA, United States, 7/29/01. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.452903
Tyo JS. Relation between system optimization and systematic errors in Stokes vector polarimeters. In Chenault DB, Duggin MJ, Egan WG, Goldstein DH, editors, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 4481. 2002. p. 22-30 https://doi.org/10.1117/12.452903
Tyo, J Scott. / Relation between system optimization and systematic errors in Stokes vector polarimeters. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. editor / D.B. Chenault ; M.J. Duggin ; W.G. Egan ; D.H. Goldstein. Vol. 4481 2002. pp. 22-30
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