We report on the optimization of a snapshot Mueller matrix polarimeter performed by using singular-value decomposition. The snapshot technique relies on wavelength polarization coding by four wave plates. The statistical noise on Mueller components is minimized through adjustment of the thickness of each plate. The spectrometer response and its cutoff frequency were considered to find the optimal configurations described here.
© 2008 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 29, 2007
Revised Manuscript: December 7, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: December 7, 2007
Published: January 9, 2008
Paul Lemaillet, Sylvain Rivet, and Bernard Le Jeune, "Optimization of a snapshot Mueller matrix polarimeter," Opt. Lett. 33, 144-146 (2008)