Variable-retardance, Fourier-transform imaging spectropolarimeters for visible spectrum remote sensing

J. Scott Tyo, Theodore S. Turner

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An imaging, variable-retardance, Fourier-transform spectropolarimeter is presented that is capable of creating spectropolarimetric images of scenes with independent characterization of spatial, spectral, and polarimetric information. The device has a spectral resolution of (225 cm−1, making it truly hyperspectral in nature. Images of canonical targets such as spheres and cylinders obtained in a laboratory setup are presented. The results demonstrate the capability of developing systems to collect spectropolarimetric data of field images by use of the concept of pushbroom scanning and serial collection of polarimetric information. Further development of a parallelized collection strategy would allow the collection of near-real-time images of real-world targets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1450-1458
Number of pages9
JournalApplied optics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Mar 20 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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