Abstract

We present a method for calibration and data extraction for a nonoptimized Mueller matrix polarimeter. The advantage of this type of method is a reduction in measurement time for multiwavelength systems or in systems with slow response times. The calibration process requires the measurement of four known polarization devices. Here we use free-space transmission, a horizontal and a vertical linear polarizer, and a quarter-wave retarder with its fast axis at 30° to the horizontal. Experimental measurements of rotating quarter-wave and half-wave retarders show that accurate results can be obtained with the proposed method.

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