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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2010
  • pp: 123–130

Canonical forms of depolarizing Mueller matrices

Razvigor Ossikovski  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 27, Issue 1, pp. 123-130 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.27.000123


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Abstract

It is shown that any depolarizing Mueller matrix can be reduced, through a product decomposition, to one of a total of two canonical depolarizer forms, a diagonal and a non-diagonal one. As a consequence, depolarizing Mueller matrices can be divided into Stokes diagonalizable and Stokes non-diagonalizable ones. Properties characteristic of the two canonical depolarizers are identified and discussed. Both canonical depolarizer forms are illustrated in experimental examples taken from the literature.

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OCIS Codes
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.2130) Physical optics : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 22, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 5, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 11, 2009
Published: December 23, 2009

Citation
Razvigor Ossikovski, "Canonical forms of depolarizing Mueller matrices," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27, 123-130 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-27-1-123

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