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polarimetry

(measurement of polarization of EMR)

Polarimetry is the measurement and analysis of the polarization of electromagnetic radiation. Polarization can indicate and quantify gravitational lensing and magnetism and other phenomena. It is of particular interest in the study of cosmic microwave background and cosmology. An instrument detecting polarity is termed a polarimeter.

Dust polarimetry, i.e., using polarization of dust clouds, is useful for detecting and mapping their magnetic fields, e.g., for clouds, and disks such as protoplanetary disks.


(science,measurement,astronomy,polarization,EMR)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polarimetry
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polarimeter

Referenced by pages:
BLAST
BOOMERanG
Large Altazimuth Telescope (BTA-6)
COSI
Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC)
High Altitude Observatory (HAO)
HARPS
Infrared Space Observatory (ISO)
LSPE-STRIP
Mimir
MMT
Origins Space Telescope (OST)
polarization
Pioneer Venus Orbiter (PVO)
QUaD
QUIJOTE
Solar Maximum Mission (SMM)
Solar Orbiter (SolO)
spectropolarimetry
SPHERE
SPICA
SPIDER
SPIRou
United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT)
Wisconsin Ultraviolet Photo-polarimeter Experiment (WUPPE)

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