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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2010
  • pp: 1274–1287

Performance bounds for the estimation of the degree of polarization from various sensing modalities

Wei Wang and Timothy J. Schulz  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 27, Issue 6, pp. 1274-1287 (2010)

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Performance bounds (Cramer–Rao bounds on root-mean-square errors) are computed for the estimation of the degree of polarization for reflected fields with active laser illumination [Proc. SPIE 5888, 58880N (2005)]. The bounds are computed from various sensing modalities, which involves the measurement and processing of (1) the four intensities outputs of a four-channel polarimeter, (2) the intensities of two orthogonal field components, and (3) the total intensity of the field. Each modality includes detector noise models and utilizes realistic data-collection models.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(110.4280) Imaging systems : Noise in imaging systems
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging

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Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: September 10, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 16, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 6, 2010
Published: May 12, 2010

Wei Wang and Timothy J. Schulz, "Performance bounds for the estimation of the degree of polarization from various sensing modalities," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27, 1274-1287 (2010)

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