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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 26 — Dec. 27, 2004
  • pp: 6559–6573

Realization of quantitative-grade fieldable snapshot imaging spectropolarimeter

Stephen H. Jones, Frank J. Iannarilli, and Paul L. Kebabian  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 26, pp. 6559-6573 (2004)

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We discuss achievement of a long-standing technology goal: the first practical realization of a quantitative-grade, field-worthy snapshot imaging spectropolarimeter. The instrument employs Polarimetric Spectral Intensity Modulation (PSIM), a technique that enables full Stokes instantaneous “snapshot” spectropolarimetry with perfect channel registration. This is achieved with conventional single beam optics and a single focal plane array (FPA). Simultaneity and perfect registration are obtained by encoding the polarimetry onto the spectrum via a novel optical arrangement which enables sensing from moving platforms against dynamic scenes. PSIM is feasible across the electro-optical sensing range (UV-LWIR). We present measurement results from a prototype sensor that operates in the visible and near infrared regime (450–900 nm). We discuss in some detail the calibration and Stokes spectrum inversion algorithms that are presently achieving 0.5% polarimetric accuracy.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(120.6200) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Spectrometers and spectroscopic instrumentation
(280.1100) Remote sensing and sensors : Aerosol detection

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Original Manuscript: November 12, 2004
Revised Manuscript: December 14, 2004
Published: December 27, 2004

Stephen Jones, Frank Iannarilli, and Paul Kebabian, "Realization of quantitative-grade fieldable snapshot imaging spectropolarimeter," Opt. Express 12, 6559-6573 (2004)

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