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Faraday rotation data analysis with least-squares elliptical fitting

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4 Author(s)
White, Adam D. ; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94550, USA ; McHale, G.Brent ; Goerz, David A. ; Speer, R.D.

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A method of analyzing Faraday rotation data from pulsed magnetic field measurements is described. The method uses direct least-squares elliptical fitting to measured data. The least-squares fit conic parameters are used to rotate, translate, and rescale the measured data. Interpretation of the transformed data provides improved accuracy and time-resolution characteristics compared with many existing methods of analyzing Faraday rotation data. The method is especially useful when linear birefringence is present at the input or output of the sensing medium, or when the relative angle of the polarizers used in analysis is not aligned with precision; under these circumstances the method is shown to return the analytically correct input signal. The method may be pertinent to other applications where analysis of Lissajous figures is required, such as the velocity interferometer system for any reflector (VISAR) diagnostics. The entire algorithm is fully automated and requires no user interaction. An example of algorithm execution is shown, using data from a fiber-based Faraday rotation sensor on a capacitive discharge experiment.

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Review of Scientific Instruments  (Volume:81 ,  Issue: 10 )

Date of Publication:

Oct 2010

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