## Optimization of a Dual-Rotating-Retarder Mueller Matrix Polarimeter

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 13, pp. 2488-2493 (2002)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.41.002488

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### Abstract

The dual-rotating-retarder configuration is one of the most common forms of the Mueller matrix polarimeter. I perform an optimization of this polarimeter configuration by minimizing the condition number of the system data reduction matrix. I find the optimum retardance for the rotating retarders to be 127°. If exactly 16 intensity measurements are used for a Mueller matrix calculation, a complex relationship exists between the condition number and the sizes of the angular increments of the two retarders. If many intensity measurements are made, thus overspecifying the calculation, I find broad optimal ranges of angular increments of the two retarders that yield essentially equal performance. Experimental results are given.

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**OCIS Codes**

(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry

(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices

**Citation**

Matthew H. Smith, "Optimization of a Dual-Rotating-Retarder Mueller Matrix Polarimeter," Appl. Opt. **41**, 2488-2493 (2002)

http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-41-13-2488

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