Abstract

We studied the polarization evolution of a reflective telescope designed for the quantum satellite Micius. The change in polarization extinction ratio (PER) of quantum light was derived and calculated. The PER deterioration caused by increase of incidence angle was calculated to determine the boundary conditions for the system design. The performance of the Micius prototype was evaluated both theoretically and experimentally to verify the viability of our optical design. Minimum and maximum PERs of 38 and 55 dB, respectively, were recorded, which were mostly in good agreement with the numerical calculations. Our investigations have contributed to the success of Micius, which is a significant milestone for building a global security network.

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