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Opt Express. 2011 Aug 1;19(16):14976-89. doi: 10.1364/OE.19.014976.

Band limited data reconstruction in modulated polarimeters.

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  • 1College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721, USA. cflac@email.arizona.edu


Data processing for sequential in time polarimeters based on the Data Reduction Matrix technique yield polarization artifacts in the presence of time varying signals. To overcome these artifacts, polarimeters are designed to operate at higher and higher speeds. In this paper we describe a band limited reconstruction algorithm that allows the measurement and processing of temporally varying Stokes parameters without artifacts. An example polarimeter consisting of a rotating retarder and polarizer is considered, and conventional processing methods are compared to a band limited reconstruction algorithm for the example polarimeter. We demonstrate that a significant reduction in error is possible using these methods.

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