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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 31, Iss. 18 — Jun. 20, 1992
  • pp: 3506–3508

Depolarization criterion for incoherent scattering

Alexander B. Kostinski  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 31, Issue 18, pp. 3506-3508 (1992)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.31.003506


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Abstract

We consider the problem of establishing conditions on a given Mueller matrix that ensure that the scattered light is purely polarized independently of the incident light polarization. It is shown that physically realizable Mueller matrices can be decomposed into a nondepolarizing part and an input-independent additive depolarizing part. The nondepolarizing part, however, is not always derivable from a Jones matrix. Applications to polarimetric optimal transmission and reception are also discussed.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: February 4, 1991
Published: June 20, 1992

Citation
Alexander B. Kostinski, "Depolarization criterion for incoherent scattering," Appl. Opt. 31, 3506-3508 (1992)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-31-18-3506

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