The variable-delay polarization modulator

M. Krejny, D. T. Chuss, G. Novak, G. M. Voellmer, E. J. Wollack, Christopher K Walker, M. Jackson, D. J. Benford, J. G. Staguhn, S. H. Moseley, C. Kulesa, C. Y Drouet D'Aubigny, D. R. Golish, R. F. Loewenstein

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Abstract

Precise astronomical polarization measurements generally require the use of polarization modulation. We have developed a new modulator, the Variable-delay Polarization Modulator (VPM) which uses two modified Martin-Puplett interferometers to induce a physical path length difference between polarization components. This highly durable and efficient device can easily be adapted to a wide range of wavelengths and temperatures, making it well suited for air- and space-borne facilities. This paper discusses the basic modulator design and a comparison to the half-wave plate, as well as details of VPM tests conducted at the Submillimeter Telescope Observatory (SMTO).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume6275
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
EventMillimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy III - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: May 29 2006May 31 2006

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OtherMillimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy III
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period5/29/065/31/06

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Keywords

  • Far-infrared
  • Instrumentation
  • Polarimetry
  • Sub-millimeter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Krejny, M., Chuss, D. T., Novak, G., Voellmer, G. M., Wollack, E. J., Walker, C. K., ... Loewenstein, R. F. (2006). The variable-delay polarization modulator. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 6275). [62751N] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.671927

The variable-delay polarization modulator. / Krejny, M.; Chuss, D. T.; Novak, G.; Voellmer, G. M.; Wollack, E. J.; Walker, Christopher K; Jackson, M.; Benford, D. J.; Staguhn, J. G.; Moseley, S. H.; Kulesa, C.; D'Aubigny, C. Y Drouet; Golish, D. R.; Loewenstein, R. F.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 6275 2006. 62751N.

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

Krejny, M, Chuss, DT, Novak, G, Voellmer, GM, Wollack, EJ, Walker, CK, Jackson, M, Benford, DJ, Staguhn, JG, Moseley, SH, Kulesa, C, D'Aubigny, CYD, Golish, DR & Loewenstein, RF 2006, The variable-delay polarization modulator. in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 6275, 62751N, Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy III, Orlando, FL, United States, 5/29/06. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.671927
Krejny M, Chuss DT, Novak G, Voellmer GM, Wollack EJ, Walker CK et al. The variable-delay polarization modulator. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 6275. 2006. 62751N https://doi.org/10.1117/12.671927
Krejny, M. ; Chuss, D. T. ; Novak, G. ; Voellmer, G. M. ; Wollack, E. J. ; Walker, Christopher K ; Jackson, M. ; Benford, D. J. ; Staguhn, J. G. ; Moseley, S. H. ; Kulesa, C. ; D'Aubigny, C. Y Drouet ; Golish, D. R. ; Loewenstein, R. F. / The variable-delay polarization modulator. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 6275 2006.
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