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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 7 — Apr. 7, 2014
  • pp: 8749–8764

Ground-based full-sky imaging polarimeter based on liquid crystal variable retarders

Ying Zhang, Huijie Zhao, Ping Song, Shaoguang Shi, Wujian Xu, and Xiao Liang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 7, pp. 8749-8764 (2014)

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A ground-based full-sky imaging polarimeter based on liquid crystal variable retarders (LCVRs) is proposed in this paper. Our proposed method can be used to realize the rapid detection of the skylight polarization information with hemisphere field-of-view for the visual band. The characteristics of the incidence angle of light on the LCVR are investigated, based on the electrically controlled birefringence. Then, the imaging polarimeter with hemisphere field-of-view is designed. Furthermore, the polarization calibration method with the field-of-view multiplexing and piecewise linear fitting is proposed, based on the rotation symmetry of the polarimeter. The polarization calibration of the polarimeter is implemented with the hemisphere field-of-view. This imaging polarimeter is investigated by the experiment of detecting the skylight image. The consistency between the obtained experimental distribution of polarization angle with that due to Rayleigh scattering model is 90%, which confirms the effectivity of our proposed imaging polarimeter.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric scattering
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: February 4, 2014
Revised Manuscript: March 27, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 28, 2014
Published: April 4, 2014

Ying Zhang, Huijie Zhao, Ping Song, Shaoguang Shi, Wujian Xu, and Xiao Liang, "Ground-based full-sky imaging polarimeter based on liquid crystal variable retarders," Opt. Express 22, 8749-8764 (2014)

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