• Compact LWIR polarimeter for cirrus ice properties

      Hart, Kira; Chipman, Russell A.; Wu, Dong L.; Univ Arizona (SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING, 2018)
      A miniaturized long-wave InfraRed (LWIR) spectro-polarimeter is being developed as a prototype for the Compact Submm-Wave and LWIR Polarimeters (SWIRP) project. The polarimeter in development is a compact (20x20x40 cm) conical-scan instrument to measure the polarimetric radiation from ice cloud scattering at mm-submm (220 and 680 GHz) and IR (8.6, 11, and 12 m) bands. The LWIR polarimeter will provide a series of polarization measurements across the 8.5 - 12.5 micron band, measuring the full set of linear Stokes parameters (I, Q, U) as a function of wavelength. The spectro-polarimeter uses a combination of birefringent crystals, a Wollaston prism, a diffraction grating, and an uncooled microbolometer array to measure both the degree and angle of linear polarization across the spectral bandwidth by modulating the polarization flux in wavelength with a high order retarder.