Abstract

The accuracy of a polarization photometer is limited by the inherent non-uniformity of polarization due to divergence of the light beams, and by defects in the polarizers. The errors arising from these causes are evaluated and are compared for systems using two or three polarizers in each beam. It is shown that an accuracy of 0.001 is feasible for intensity ratios as great as 1000 to 1.

© 1951 Optical Society of America

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