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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 3 — Feb. 10, 2014
  • pp: 3063–3074

Full-Stokes imaging polarimeter using an array of elliptical polarizer

Wei-Liang Hsu, Graham Myhre, Kaushik Balakrishnan, Neal Brock, Mohammed Ibn-Elhaj, and Stanley Pau  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 3063-3074 (2014)

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In this paper, a full-Stokes imaging polarimeter operating at 580 nm using an array of elliptical polarizers is presented. The division-of-focal-plane polarimeter utilizes a set of four optimized measurements which represent a regular tetrahedron inscribed in the Poincaré sphere. Results from the device fabrication, instrument calibration and characterization are presented. The performance of the optimized full Stokes polarimeter, as defined by size of the standard deviation of the degree of circular polarization, is found to be approximately five times better than the performance of the simple full-Stokes polarimeter.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging
(130.5440) Integrated optics : Polarization-selective devices

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: November 28, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 11, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 17, 2014
Published: February 3, 2014

Wei-Liang Hsu, Graham Myhre, Kaushik Balakrishnan, Neal Brock, Mohammed Ibn-Elhaj, and Stanley Pau, "Full-Stokes imaging polarimeter using an array of elliptical polarizer," Opt. Express 22, 3063-3074 (2014)

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