Prismatic imaging polarimeter calibration for the infrared spectral region

The calibration of a complete Stokes birefringent prismatic imaging polarimeter (BPIP) in the MWIR is demonstrated. The BPIP technique, originally developed by K. Oka, is implemented with a set of four Yttrium Vanadate (YVO4) crystal prisms. A mathematical model for the polarimeter is presented in which diattenuation due to Fresnel effects and dichroism in the crystal are included. An improved polarimetric calibration technique is introduced to remove the diattenuation effects, along with the relative radiometric calibration required for the BPIP operating with a thermal background and large detector offsets. Data demonstrating emission polarization are presented from various blackbodies, which are compared to data from our Fourier transform infrared spectropolarimeter.

M. W. Kudenov, L. Pezzaniti, E. L. Dereniak, and G. R. Gerhart, “Prismatic imaging polarimeter calibration for the infrared spectral region,” Opt. Express 16, 13720–13737 (2008).