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  • Vol. 7, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 1990
  • pp: 693–700

Error analysis of a Mueller matrix polarimeter

Dennis H. Goldstein and Russell A. Chipman  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 7, Issue 4, pp. 693-700 (1990)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.7.000693


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Abstract

An error analysis of a Mueller matrix polarimeter with dual rotating retarders is presented. Errors in orientational alignment of three of the four polarization elements are considered. Errors that are due to nonideal retardation elements are also included in the analysis. Compensation for imperfect retardation elements is possible with the equations derived, and the equations permit a calibration of the polarimeter for azimuthal alignment of polarization elements. An analytical treatment is given and is followed by numerical examples. The latter should prove useful in the laboratory in comparing precalibrated experimental results with theoretical predictions.

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History
Original Manuscript: June 15, 1989
Manuscript Accepted: November 30, 1989
Published: April 1, 1990

Citation
Dennis H. Goldstein and Russell A. Chipman, "Error analysis of a Mueller matrix polarimeter," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 7, 693-700 (1990)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-7-4-693


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