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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 21 — Jul. 20, 2013
  • pp: 5158–5164

Evaluation of the estimation accuracy of polarization-based roll angle measurement

Effie Plosker, Dima Bykhovsky, and Shlomi Arnon  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 21, pp. 5158-5164 (2013)

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The orientation of remote objects can be easily measured optically and very accurately using optical technologies. In this paper, we address the accuracy of a roll angle estimation technique that is based on the estimation of the polarization of a retroreflected beam and is applied in a long-range measurement task. Over long transmission ranges, the optical power decreases significantly leading to severe SNR deterioration. As a result, the measurement accuracy decreases. In this study, the estimation is carried out using a maximum-likelihood estimator and its performance is evaluated using the analytical Cramer–Rao bound.

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OCIS Codes
(000.5490) General : Probability theory, stochastic processes, and statistics
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: March 4, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 20, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 20, 2013
Published: July 15, 2013

Effie Plosker, Dima Bykhovsky, and Shlomi Arnon, "Evaluation of the estimation accuracy of polarization-based roll angle measurement," Appl. Opt. 52, 5158-5164 (2013)

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