Systematic effects in the measurement of far-infrared linear polarization

Dinos P. Gonatas, X. D. Wu, Giles Novak, R. H. Hildebrand

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We present an analysis of systematic errors in an apparatus for measuring linear polarization in far-infrared observations of astrophysical objects. In particular, we examine a systematic effect which has until now limited the accuracy of measurement of spatially extended sources. We describe modifications to the apparatus which have reduced the effect to almost negligible levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1000-1006
Number of pages7
JournalApplied optics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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