Performance analysis for a polarization imaging system with rotational alignment errors from polarizing elements

Jianlin Nie, Shengzhu Xiao, Mitsuo Takeda, Wei Wang*

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In this paper, we give a spatial frequency analysis of polarization imaging system and study the effects of rotational alignment errors of the polarizer from their ideal orientations. With the help of newly proposed Optical Transfer Matrix (OTM) for a diffraction-limited polarization imaging system, we investigate the effects of polarization-sensitive aberrations from the generalized pupil matrix at the exit pupil plane. Here, polarization aberrations stemming from the angular alignment errors of a linear polarizer has been demonstrated. The performance of a polarization imaging system with rotational alignment error has also been evaluated based on a cost function based on OTM.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Optics 2021
EditorsDaniel G. Smith, Frank Wyrowski, Andreas Erdmann
ISBN (Electronic)9781510645950
ISBN (Print)9781510645943
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2021
EventComputational Optics 2021 - Virtual, Online, Spain
Duration: 13 Sept 202117 Sept 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceComputational Optics 2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • Optical Transfer Matrix
  • Polarizing elements
  • Rotational alignment errors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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