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Instrument Matrix Of The Four-Detector Photopolarimeter: Physical Meaning Of Its Rows And Columns And Constraints On Its Elements, R. M.A. Azzam Jan 1990

Instrument Matrix Of The Four-Detector Photopolarimeter: Physical Meaning Of Its Rows And Columns And Constraints On Its Elements, R. M.A. Azzam

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The four-detector photopolarimeter (FDP) is an arrangement of four photodetectors for measuring the state of polarization of light. The output current vector I of the FDP is related to the input Stokes vector S by I = AS, where A is the instrument matrix. The rows of A can be viewed as projection operators that determine the output currents of the detectors. This leads to the recognition of four special totally polarized input states, each of which maximizes the output of one detector. The associated four orthogonal states produce minimum signals. Because each detector is absorptive and its output is nonnegative ...