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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 22 — Nov. 3, 2003
  • pp: 2940–2952

Linear calibration and reconstruction techniques for channeled spectropolarimetry

Derek S. Sabatke, Ann M. Locke, Eustace L. Dereniak, and Robert W. McMillan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 22, pp. 2940-2952 (2003)

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Channeled spectropolarimetry is a novel method of measuring the spectral and polarization content of light. It employs amplitude modulation to encode all four Stokes component spectra into a single optical power spectrum. We describe a practical approach to system calibration and object reconstruction, which is able to account for important non-ideal effects. These include dispersion in retarder materials and limited spectral resolution in the incorporated spectrometer. The spectropolarimeter is modeled as a linear operator, represented in practice by a matrix. The matrix is estimated in the calibration, and pseudoinverted subject to a constraint on object space for reconstructions. Experimental results are shown and compared with reference measurements. An example is given of the technique’s application to the characterization of time-varying, stress-induced birefringence.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(120.6200) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Spectrometers and spectroscopic instrumentation
(300.6190) Spectroscopy : Spectrometers

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Original Manuscript: August 22, 2003
Revised Manuscript: October 27, 2003
Published: November 3, 2003

Derek Sabatke, Ann Locke, Eustace Dereniak, and Robert McMillan, "Linear calibration and reconstruction techniques for channeled spectropolarimetry," Opt. Express 11, 2940-2952 (2003)

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