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Title: IMaX: a polarimeter based on Liquid Crystal Variable Retarders for an aerospace mission
Authors: Uribe Patarroyo, N.
Álvarez Herrero, A.
López Heredero, R.
Del Toro Iniesta, J. C.
López Jiménez, A. C.
Domingo, V.
Gasent, J. L.
Jochum, L.
Martínez Pillet, V.
Issue Date: 8-May-2008
Publisher: Wiley Online Library
DOI: 10.1002/pssc.200777771
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Citation: Physica Status Solidi C 5(5): 1041-1045(2008)
Abstract: IMaX is the Imaging Magnetograph eXperiment, an instrument part of the payload of SUNRISE, a stratospheric balloon mission in Antarctica. It is also the precursor of the Visible Imaging Magnetograph of the future ESA Solar Orbiter mission. It is essentially a diffraction-limited imager that carries out spectropolarimetric measurements of high resolution (bandwidth of < 100 mÅ at 525.02 nm), and relates the polarimetric properties of the incoming light through a telescope with magnetic fields in the Sun, via the Zeeman effect. At the core of the instrument there are the polarization modulation components, two Liquid Crystal Variable Retarders (LCVRs). A demodulation efficiency is defined and used as the figure of merit, and it serves to find the theoretical optimum states for the LCVRs as well as to judge the quality of the pre-flight calibration of the system. This calibration and the method used to optimize the actual efficiency is explained. Also, the space qualification of the LCVRs is presented, where ellipsometry played a major role in studying the effects of radiation, vacuum and temperature in the operation of the LCVRs. (© 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)
Description: The IMaX Team
E-ISSN: 1862-6270
ISSN: 1862-6254
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