Title

Optimum Angles for a Polarimeter: Part II

Abstract

The four sets of two optimum rotation angles for a polarimeter consisting of a quarter-wave plate in conjunction with a linear polarizer, both of which are free to rotate, are determined. These angles are obtained by maximizing the determinant of the system measurement matrix. The determinant for this system is approximately twice the value of the determinant when only the quarter-wave plate is free to rotate. In addition, the condition numbers of the measurement matrix decrease with the additional consideration of a rotatable linear polarizer.

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Angle Measurement; Optimization

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 1995 SPIE -- The International Society for Optical Engineering, All rights reserved.

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