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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

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  • Vol. 13, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1996
  • pp: 1106–1113

Interpretation of Mueller matrices based on polar decomposition

Shih-Yau Lu and Russell A. Chipman  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 13, Issue 5, pp. 1106-1113 (1996)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.13.001106


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Abstract

We present an algorithm that decomposes a Mueller matrix into a sequence of three matrix factors: a diattenuator, followed by a retarder, then followed by a depolarizer. Those factors are unique except for singular Mueller matrices. Based on this decomposition, the diattenuation and the retardance of a Mueller matrix can be defined and computed. Thus this algorithm is useful for performing data reduction upon experimentally determined Mueller matrices.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: July 17, 1995
Manuscript Accepted: October 30, 1995
Published: May 1, 1996

Citation
Shih-Yau Lu and Russell A. Chipman, "Interpretation of Mueller matrices based on polar decomposition," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 13, 1106-1113 (1996)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-13-5-1106

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