A product decomposition of a depolarizing Mueller matrix consisting in the sequence of five factors—a diagonal depolarizer stacked between two retarder and diattenuator pairs—is proposed. This novel “symmetric” 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 experimentally determined Mueller matrices.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 27, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 6, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 5, 2009
Published: April 7, 2009
Razvigor Ossikovski, "Analysis of depolarizing Mueller matrices through a symmetric decomposition," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 26, 1109-1118 (2009)