When using lidar to measure small depolarization values, coupling of polarization planes in the system is of significant concern. We employ hardware polarization compensation to reduce system polarization cross-talk, improving depolarization estimates.
© 2009 The Optical Society
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.1310) Remote sensing and sensors : Atmospheric scattering
M. M. Hayman and J. P. Thayer, "Accounting for System Affects in Depolarization Lidar," in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper JTuD86.