Polarization Laboratory

Date Published: November 24, 2014

The polarization of scattered or reflected light from an object carries information about its material characteristics. Russell A. Chipman’s Polarization Laboratory specializes in developing precision polarimeters that measure from the ultraviolet to the short-wave infrared. When configured as imaging devices, these polarimeters can produce research-grade spatial and angular resolution for sample characterization. With polarimetric accuracy of 0.1 percent, the instruments are ideal for precise optical characterization, such as measuring the concentration and distribution of aerosols in the atmosphere.

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AirMSPI image showing surface features that show up preferentially in the degree of linear polarization image.