Mueller matrix maps of dichroic filters reveal polarization aberrations
AffiliationWyant College of Optical Science, University of Arizona
Steward Observatory, University of Arizona
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CitationJames Heath, Meredith Kupinski, Ewan Douglas, Kira Hart, James Breckinridge, "Mueller matrix maps of dichroic filters reveal polarization aberrations," Proc. SPIE 11443, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2020: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 1144341 (22 December 2020); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2576282
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AbstractDichroic filters are used by instrument designers to split a field of view into different optical paths for simultaneous measurement of different spectral bands. Quantifying the polarization aberrations of a dichroic is relevant for predicting the incident polarization states downstream, which could affect the performance of diffraction limited systems. One important application is the fore-optics of exoplanet imaging coronagraphs. In this work, the polarization properties of the Edmund #69-205 650 nm roll-off dichroic are measured using a rotating retarder Mueller matrix imaging polarimeter. The polarization properties of this commercial dichroic are compared at normal and 45° angle of incidence. The normal incidence measurements verify the instrument calibration since no polarization aberrations were observed. Transmission measurements at 680 nm and 45° yield a 2.9 rad magnitude of retardance and 0.95 diattenuation. Effectively, at 630 nm the dichroic is a λ/4 waveplate with a horizontal fast-axis.
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