An overview of polarimetric sensing techniques and technology with applications to different research fields

Frans Snik, Julia Craven-Jones, Michael Escuti, Silvano Fineschi, David Harrington, Antonello De Martino, Dimitri Mawet, Jérôme Riedi, J. Scott Tyo

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We report the main conclusions from an interactive, multidisciplinary workshop on "Polarimetric Techniques and Technology", held on March 24-28 2014 at the Lorentz Center in Leiden, the Netherlands. The work- shop brought together polarimetrists from different research fields. Participants had backgrounds ranging from academia to industrial RD. Here we provide an overview of polarimetric instrumentation in the optical regime geared towards a wide range of applications: atmospheric remote sensing, target detection, astronomy, biomedical applications, etc. We identify common approaches and challenges. We list novel polarimetric techniques and polarization technologies that enable promising new solutions. We conclude with recommendations to the polarimetric community at large on joint efforts for exchanging expertise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolarization
Subtitle of host publicationMeasurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing XI
ISBN (Print)9781628410365
StatePublished - 2014
EventPolarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing XI - Baltimore, MD, United States
Duration: May 5 2014May 6 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherPolarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing XI
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBaltimore, MD


  • Polarimetry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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