Abstract

An error analysis of a Mueller matrix polarimeter with dual rotating retarders is presented. Errors in orientational alignment of three of the four polarization elements are considered. Errors that are due to nonideal retardation elements are also included in the analysis. Compensation for imperfect retardation elements is possible with the equations derived, and the equations permit a calibration of the polarimeter for azimuthal alignment of polarization elements. An analytical treatment is given and is followed by numerical examples. The latter should prove useful in the laboratory in comparing precalibrated experimental results with theoretical predictions.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

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