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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2013
  • pp: 3874–3877

Triple Wollaston-prism complete-Stokes imaging polarimeter

John D. Perreault  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 19, pp. 3874-3877 (2013)

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Imaging polarimetry is emerging as a powerful tool for remote sensing in space science, Earth science, biology, defense, national security, and industry. Polarimetry provides complementary information about a scene in the visible and infrared wavelengths. For example, surface texture, material composition, and molecular structure will affect the polarization state of reflected, scattered, or emitted light. We demonstrate an imaging polarimeter design that uses three Wollaston prisms, addressing several technical challenges associated with moving remote-sensing platforms. This compact design has no moving polarization elements and separates the polarization components in the pupil (or Fourier) plane, analogous to the way a grating spectrometer works. In addition, this concept enables simultaneous characterization of unpolarized, linear, and circular components of optical polarization. The results from a visible-wavelength prototype of this imaging polarimeter are presented, demonstrating remote sensitivity to material properties. This work enables new remote sensing capabilities and provides a viable design concept for extensions into infrared wavelengths.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(070.0070) Fourier optics and signal processing : Fourier optics and signal processing
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: June 13, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 13, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 21, 2013
Published: September 26, 2013

John D. Perreault, "Triple Wollaston-prism complete-Stokes imaging polarimeter," Opt. Lett. 38, 3874-3877 (2013)

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