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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 25 — Dec. 6, 2010
  • pp: 25815–25824

Signal-to-noise analysis of Stokes parameters in division of focal plane polarimeters

Robert Perkins and Viktor Gruev  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 25, pp. 25815-25824 (2010)

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An analysis of the temporal noise in the Stokes parameters computed by division of focal plane polarimeters is presented. Theoretical estimations of the Stokes parameter signal-to-noise ratios for CCD polarization imaging sensors with both 4-polarizer and 2-polarizer micropolarization filter arrays are derived. The theoretical derivation is verified with measurements from an integrated polarization imaging sensor composed of a CCD imaging array and aluminum nanowire polarization filters. The measured data obtained from the CCD polarimeters matches the theoretical derivations of the temporal noise model of the Stokes parameters.

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OCIS Codes
(110.4280) Imaging systems : Noise in imaging systems
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: September 16, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 28, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: November 4, 2010
Published: November 24, 2010

Robert Perkins and Viktor Gruev, "Signal-to-noise analysis of Stokes parameters in division of focal plane polarimeters," Opt. Express 18, 25815-25824 (2010)

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