Full-Stokes imaging polarimeter using an array of elliptical polarizer

Wei Liang Hsu, Graham Myhre, Kaushik Balakrishnan, Neal Brock, Mohammed Ibn-Elhaj, Stanley Pau

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In this paper, a full-Stokes imaging polarimeter operating at 580 nm using an array of elliptical polarizers is presented. The division-of-focal-plane polarimeter utilizes a set of four optimized measurements which represent a regular tetrahedron inscribed in the Poincaré sphere. Results from the device fabrication, instrument calibration and characterization are presented. The performance of the optimized full Stokes polarimeter, as defined by size of the standard deviation of the degree of circular polarization, is found to be approximately five times better than the performance of the simple full-Stokes polarimeter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3063-3074
Number of pages12
JournalOptics Express
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 10 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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