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RR^* = (X + iY)(X + iY)^* = XX^* - iXY^* + iYX^* + YY^* \\
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RR^* = (X + iY)(X + iY)^* &= XX^* - iXY^* + iYX^* + YY^* \\
LL^* = (X - iY)(X - iY)^* = XX^* + iXY^* - iYX^* + YY^* \\
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LL^* = (X - iY)(X - iY)^* &= XX^* + iXY^* - iYX^* + YY^* \\
 
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Stokes \, I = \frac{RR^* + LL^*}{2} = XX^* + YY^* \\
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Stokes \, I &= \frac{RR^* + LL^*}{2} = XX^* + YY^* \\
Stokes \, V = \frac{RR^* - LL^*}{2} = i(XX^* - YY^*)  
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Stokes \, V &= \frac{RR^* - LL^*}{2} = i(XX^* - YY^*)  
 
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Revision as of 20:26, 24 September 2016

Linear to Circular Conversion

At EOVSA’s linear feeds, in the electric field the linear polarization, X and Y, relates to RCP and LCP (R and L) as:

In terms of autocorrelation powers, we have the 4 polarization products XX*, YY*, XY* and YX*, where the * denotes complex conjugation. The quantities RR* and LL* are then

One problem is that there is generally a non-zero delay in Y with respect to X. This creates phase slopes in XY* and YX* from which we can determine the delay very accurately. As a check,

For completeness:

When I plot the quantities I, V, R and L as measured (Figure 1) for geosynchronous satellite Ciel-2, the results look reasonable, except that there are parts of the band where R and L are mis-assigned, and others where they do not separate well.

The problem is that residual phase slope of Y with respect to X, caused by a difference in delay between the two channels. This can be seen in the upper panel of Figure 2, which shows the uncorrected phases of XY* and YX*. To correct the phases, the RCP phase was fit by a linear least-squares routine, and then the phases were offset by π/2 for both XY* and YX* according to:

Polarization Mixing Correction

Due to relative feed rotation between az-al mounted antennas and equatorial mounted antennas