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An instrument used to measure the rotation of the plane of polarization of polarized light passing through an optical structure or sample.

po′lar·i·met′ric (-lər-ə-mĕt′rĭk) adj.
po′lar·im′e·try n.


1. (General Physics) an instrument for measuring the amount of polarization of light
2. (General Physics) an instrument for measuring the rotation of the plane of polarization of light as a result of its passage through a liquid or solution. See optical activity
polarimetric adj
ˌpolarˈimetry n


(ˌpoʊ ləˈrɪm ɪ tər)

1. an instrument for measuring the amount of light received from a given source as a function of its state of polarization.
2. a form of polariscope for measuring the angular rotation of the plane of polarization.
[1860–65; polari (zation) + -meter]
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Noun1.polarimeter - an optical device used to measure the rotation of the plane of vibration of polarized lightpolarimeter - an optical device used to measure the rotation of the plane of vibration of polarized light
optical device - a device for producing or controlling light
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In addition, the four polarimetric parameters had different performances in depicting scattering discrepancy of coastal zone types.
Given that [A.sub.H] and [Z.sub.H] are less sensitive to variations of temperature and drop shape than other polarimetric variables [e.g., [17,18]], the exponent b has a relatively small dynamic value ranging from 0.76 to 0.84 at X-band [19].
Xiao, "A new polarimetric method by using spatial polarization characteristics of scanning antenna," IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, vol.
The topics include electromagnetic basics, optical satellite systems, spectral and polarimetric imagery, thermal infrared, radio detection and ranging (radar), and light detection and ranging.
The concentrations of starch in the diet were measured using both the Ewers polarimetric method (EEC, 1999) and the enzymatic method (ISO, 2004).
The Scanning Polarimetric Imaging Radiometer (SPIRA) is a fully polarimetric imager in the 90-92 GHz band [5].
Polarimetric synthesis aperture radar (PolSAR) imagery has long been used as an appropriate and effective data source for many applications [1-3].
Interferometric SAR (InSAR) and polarimetric InSAR (PolInSAR) have been widely used to reconstruct terrain profiles.
By now, most of the WSR-88D weather radars in the United States have been upgraded with polarimetric capabilities, in which the electro-magnetic field of the backscattered radar signal is analyzed in both the horizontal and vertical planes.
The polarization detection of the received signal is becoming important in recent years for many applications such as polarimetric sensors, MIMO, satellite remote sensing, ITS, radars etc..
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As a key part of the planning process for the flight campaign, the NCM's dual polarimetric radar data has been analysed to help determine the most advantageous locations and times to ensure the flight campaign achieves the best possible results.