Polarization aberrations in the samex solar vector magnetograph

James P. McGuire, Russell A. Chipman

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An optical design and polarization analysis of the Air Force/NASA SAMEX solar vector magnetograph optical system is performed. Polarization aberration theory demonstrates that conventional telescope coating designs introduce unacceptably high levels of polarization aberrations into the optical system. Several ultra-low polarization mirror and lens coatings designs for this instrument are discussed. Balancing of polarization aberrations at different surfaces is demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-171
Number of pages13
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jun 29 1988

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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