PublisherThe University of Arizona.
DescriptionGroup project with Quinn Jarecki, Keith Skopp, Zach Jorde, and Richard Sanceau
AbstractThe polarization effects of optical systems are often hard to characterize with industry standard equipment. Polaris-M is a polarization ray tracing software that calculates the polarization effects of any optical system. This project demonstrated the efficacy of Polaris-M by modeling some commercial optics and verifying the results through measurements with the RGB950 polarimeter. The RGB950 is a custom-made Axometrics polarimeter that operates in the visible range and at 947 nm. The angular dependence of the polarimeter was also modeled by analysing data taken of air samples. Furthermore, a novel division of amplitude polarimeter was built from stock visible spectrum optics and its polarimetric performance was calculated with both a Polaris-M model and RGB950 measurements. The software models of the different optical elements tested by the polarimeter are complete and corresponding Mueller matrices were compared to measured Mueller matrix data. This includes models for a non-polarizing cube beamsplitter, a solid corner cube and the DoAP. The resulting software characterizing the polarimeter shall be presented to the Polarization Lab at the University of Arizona for use in predicting polarization measurements and verifying instrument performance.