Polarization considerations in the multi-Angle imager for aerosols (MAIA)

Julie M. Gillis, Russell A. Chipman, David J. Diner, Matthew B. Dubin

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The significant effects of aerosols on public health and climate drive a growing necessity for the characterization of particulate matter in air pollutants. The earth-orbiting Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols (MAIA) instrument will combine radiance and polarization measurements to derive features of ground-level particulate matter. The optical design requires an in-depth analysis of several key polarization factors in order to meet stringent requirements on radiometric and polarimetric accuracy. A simple two-layer optical coating, a pair of achromatic quarter-wave plates, and analysis of the polarization aberrations are used to minimize the effects of polarization errors and achieve high polarimetric accuracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolarization
Subtitle of host publicationMeasurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing XIII
EditorsDennis H. Goldstein, David B. Chenault
ISBN (Electronic)9781510618213
StatePublished - 2018
EventPolarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing XIII 2018 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Apr 16 2018Apr 17 2018

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 XIII 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Aerosols
  • Polarization
  • Public health
  • Quarter-wave plates
  • Remote sensing

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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