Abstract

We address calibration of Mueller polarimeters in the presence of noise. We compare an extension of the eigenvalue calibration method (ECM) and a maximum likelihood (ML) method. The performances of these two calibration methods are investigated with numerical simulations and real experiments on a broadband infrared polarimeter. It is found that the ML method is superior to the extended ECM in terms of calibration precision and can be used at lower signal-to-noise ratio.

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