Noise, error and bandwidth in polarimeters

J. Scott Tyo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Modulated polarimeters reconstruct polarization information by altering the intensity, recording several measurements, then inverting the instrument's characteristic response. These devices might modulate with time-varying optics, by the introduction of spatial polarization-dependent fringes, through the use of optically thick retarders, or other methods. Recent years have seen many studies concerning the optimal performance of such instruments. In this paper, an attempt is made to present a unifying viewpoing of modulated polarimeters as devices that divide sensor bandwidth in a controlled fashion to reconstruct multiplexed polarization data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFifty Years of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona
EditorsJohn E. Greivenkamp, Eustace L. Dereniak, Harrison H. Barrett
ISBN (Electronic)9781628412130
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event50 Years of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 19 2014Aug 20 2014

Publication series

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


Other50 Years of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • Polarimetry
  • Polarization

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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