The relative Stokes vectors at the detector exit port of a sandblasted and gold-plated integrating sphere are determined for four different polarizations incident on five unique surfaces. The results indicate in all cases that the integrating sphere is a depolarizer. These results validate assumptions used in hard-target calibration methodology for infrared lidars.
© 1993 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 16, 1992
Published: November 20, 1993
David A. Haner and Robert T. Menzies, "Integrating sphere depolarization at 10 μm for a non-Lambertian wall surface: application to lidar calibration," Appl. Opt. 32, 6804-6807 (1993)