Quantitative demonstration of the superiority of circularly polarized light in fog environments
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The polarization behavior of light transmitted through scattering media is studied quantitatively. A division of focal plane (DOFP) imaging polarimeter modified with a wideband quarter-wave plate (QWP) is used to evaluate the linear and circular depolarization signals. This system allows the measurement of the linear and circular co-polarization and cross-polarization channels simultaneously. The experiments are carried out at CEREMA’s 30 m fog chamber under controlled fog density conditions. The polarization memory effect with circularly polarized light is demonstrated to be superior in forward transmission compared to the same phenomena with linearly polarized light when imaging inside a scattering medium. This paves the way for its use in imaging through scattering media for hazard detection in different applications.
CitationPeña-Gutiérrez, S. [et al.]. Quantitative demonstration of the superiority of circularly polarized light in fog environments. "Optics letters", 15 Gener 2022, vol. 47, núm. 2, p. 242-245.