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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2014
  • pp: 418–421

Simplified calibration procedure for Mueller polarimeter in transmission configuration

Haofeng Hu, Enric Garcia-Caurel, Guillaume Anna, and François Goudail  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 3, pp. 418-421 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.000418


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Abstract

We address calibration of Mueller polarimeters in transmission configuration and in the presence of noise. By comparing the maximum likelihood (ML) method and the extended eigenvalue calibration method, it is found that the ML method yields higher precision in the presence of noise. Moreover, we show that by employing the ML method together with simple constraints on the calibration matrices, it is possible to perform the calibration without using a retarder, and with only polarizers. This result is of great interest for the calibration of multispectral polarimeters.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(030.4280) Coherence and statistical optics : Noise in imaging systems
(120.2130) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(120.4640) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical instruments
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: October 18, 2013
Revised Manuscript: December 2, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 10, 2013
Published: January 20, 2014

Citation
Haofeng Hu, Enric Garcia-Caurel, Guillaume Anna, and François Goudail, "Simplified calibration procedure for Mueller polarimeter in transmission configuration," Opt. Lett. 39, 418-421 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-3-418

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