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The San Fernando Observatory video Stokes polarimeterA study was conducted to determine the suitability of the San Fernando Observatory's 61 cm (24 inch) aperture vacuum solar telescope and 3 m (118 inch) focal length vacuum spectroheliograph for Stokes Polarimetry measurements. The polarization characteristics of these two instruments was measured by determining their Mueller matrices as a function of telescope orientation, field angle, wavelength, grating type, and position of the measuring beam in the telescope entrance window. In general, the polarizing and depolarizing properties are small so that inversion of the system Mueller matrix will permit the accurate measurement of Stokes profiles for vector magnetic field determination. A proposed polarimeter design based on the use of a TV camera system to simultaneously scan six different polarization components of a given line profile is described. This design, which uses no rotating optics or electronic modulators and makes efficient use of the available irradiance, promises to yield high quality vector magnetograms.
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Conference Paper
Richter, P. H. (California State Univ. Northridge, CA, United States)
Zeldin, L. K. (California State Univ. Northridge, CA, United States)
Loftin, T. A. (California State Univ. Northridge, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1985
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Publication: NASA. Marshall Space Flight Center Meas. of Solar Vector Magnetic Fields
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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