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Overdetermined broadband spectroscopic Mueller matrix polarimeter designed by genetic algorithms

Lars Martin Sandvik Aas, Pål Gunnar Ellingsen, Bent Even Fladmark, Paul Anton Letnes, and Morten Kildemo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 7, pp. 8753-8762 (2013)

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This paper reports on the design and implementation of a liquid crystal variable retarder based overdetermined spectroscopic Mueller matrix polarimeter, with parallel processing of all wavelengths. The system was designed using a modified version of a recently developed genetic algorithm [Letnes et al. Opt. Express 18, 22, 23095 (2010)]. A generalization of the eigenvalue calibration method is reported that allows the calibration of such overdetermined polarimetric systems. Out of several possible designs, one of the designs was experimentally implemented and calibrated. It is reported that the instrument demonstrated good performance, with a measurement accuracy in the range of 0.1% for the measurement of air.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2130) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(120.4570) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical design of instruments
(300.0300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: February 8, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 15, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 19, 2013
Published: April 2, 2013

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Vol. 8, Iss. 5 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Lars Martin Sandvik Aas, Pål Gunnar Ellingsen, Bent Even Fladmark, Paul Anton Letnes, and Morten Kildemo, "Overdetermined broadband spectroscopic Mueller matrix polarimeter designed by genetic algorithms," Opt. Express 21, 8753-8762 (2013)

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