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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2008
  • pp: 473–482

Interpretation of nondepolarizing Mueller matrices based on singular-value decomposition

Razvigor Ossikovski  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 25, Issue 2, pp. 473-482 (2008)

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A product decomposition of a nondepolarizing Mueller matrix consisting of the sequence of three factors — a first linear retarder, a horizontal or vertical “retarding diattenuator,” and a second linear retarder — is proposed. Each matrix factor can be readily identified with one or two basic polarization devices such as partial polarizers and retardation waveplates. The decomposition allows for a straightforward interpretation and parameterization of an experimentally determined Mueller matrix in terms of an arrangement of polarization devices and their characteristic parameters: diattenuations, retardances, and axis azimuths. Its application is illustrated on an experimentally determined Mueller matrix.

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OCIS Codes
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: March 26, 2007
Revised Manuscript: September 19, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: December 16, 2007
Published: January 30, 2008

Razvigor Ossikovski, "Interpretation of nondepolarizing Mueller matrices based on singular-value decomposition," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 473-482 (2008)

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