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Polarization characteristics of an altazimuth sky scannerA theoretical description of the polarization characteristics of an altazimuth sky scanner optical system based on Mueller-Stokes calculus is presented. This computer-driven optical system was designed to perform laboratory studies of skylight and of celestial objects during day or night, and has no space limitations; however, the two parallel 45 deg tilt mirrors introduce some intrinsic polarization. Therefore, proper data interpretation requires a theoretical understanding of the polarization features of the instrument and accurate experimental determination of the Mueller-Stokes matrix elements describing the polarizing and depolarizing action of the system.
Document ID
19800049631
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Garrison, L. M.
(Florida Univ. Gainesville, FL, United States)
Blaszczak, Z.
(Florida Univ. Gainesville, FL, United States)
Green, A. E. S.
(Florida, University Gainesville, Fla., United States)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1980
Publication Information
Publication: Applied Optics
Volume: 19
Subject Category
Astronomy
Accession Number
80A33801
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NSF ATM-75-21962
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS5-22908
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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