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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1999
  • pp: 1168–1174

Micropolarizer array for infrared imaging polarimetry

Gregory P. Nordin, Jeffrey T. Meier, Panfilo C. Deguzman, and Michael W. Jones  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 16, Issue 5, pp. 1168-1174 (1999)

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The design and fabrication of a micropolarizer array for imaging polarimetry is described for the 3–5-µm-wavelength region. Each micropolarizer consists of a 475-nm-period Mo wire grid in a 16 µm×16 µm aperture. Interference lithography is used to generate the small grating features through an etch mask layer. Arrays of 256×256 micropolarizers at three distinct angular orientations have been fabricated that permit the measurement of the first three Stokes vector components in each pixel of an imaging polarimeter. An imaging system composed of a micropolarizer array integrated directly onto a focal plane array has been assembled, and initial testing has been performed.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(110.3080) Imaging systems : Infrared imaging
(220.4610) Optical design and fabrication : Optical fabrication
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

Original Manuscript: August 14, 1998
Revised Manuscript: January 21, 1999
Manuscript Accepted: January 22, 1999
Published: May 1, 1999

Gregory P. Nordin, Jeffrey T. Meier, Panfilo C. Deguzman, and Michael W. Jones, "Micropolarizer array for infrared imaging polarimetry," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 16, 1168-1174 (1999)

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