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27 August 2009 Infrared Stokes imaging polarimeter using microbolometers
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A long wave infrared (LWIR) division of amplitude imaging Stokes polarimeter is presented. For the first time, to our knowledge, application of microbolometer focal plane array (FPA) technology to polarimetry is demonstrated. The sensor utilizes a wire-grid beamsplitter with imaging systems positioned at each output to analyze two orthogonal linear polarization states simultaneously. Combined with a form birefringent wave plate, the system is capable of snapshot imaging polarimetry in any one Stokes parameter (S1, S2 or S3). Radiometric and polarimetric calibration procedures for the instrument are provided and data from the instrument are presented, demonstrating the ability to measure intensity variations corresponding to polarized emission in natural environments. As such, emission polarimetry can be exploited at significantly reduced cost, sensor size and power consumption over instruments based on more costly Mercury-Cadmium Telluride (MCT) FPA's.
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Michael W. Kudenov, J. Larry Pezzaniti, Eustace L. Dereniak, and Grant R. Gerhart "Infrared Stokes imaging polarimeter using microbolometers", Proc. SPIE 7419, Infrared Systems and Photoelectronic Technology IV, 741908 (27 August 2009);

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