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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 18 — Sep. 1, 2008
  • pp: 13720–13737

Prismatic imaging polarimeter calibration for the infrared spectral region

Michael W. Kudenov, Larry Pezzaniti, Eustace L. Dereniak, and Grant R. Gerhart  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 18, pp. 13720-13737 (2008)

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The calibration of a complete Stokes birefringent prismatic imaging polarimeter (BPIP) in the MWIR is demonstrated. The BPIP technique, originally developed by K. Oka, is implemented with a set of four Yttrium Vanadate (YVO4) crystal prisms. A mathematical model for the polarimeter is presented in which diattenuation due to Fresnel effects and dichroism in the crystal are included. An improved polarimetric calibration technique is introduced to remove the diattenuation effects, along with the relative radiometric calibration required for the BPIP operating with a thermal background and large detector offsets. Data demonstrating emission polarization are presented from various blackbodies, which are compared to data from our Fourier transform infrared spectropolarimeter.

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OCIS Codes
(110.3080) Imaging systems : Infrared imaging
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: June 10, 2008
Revised Manuscript: August 1, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 19, 2008
Published: August 21, 2008

Michael W. Kudenov, Larry Pezzaniti, Eustace L. Dereniak, and Grant R. Gerhart, "Prismatic imaging polarimeter calibration for the infrared spectral region," Opt. Express 16, 13720-13737 (2008)

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