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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1109–1118

Analysis of depolarizing Mueller matrices through a symmetric decomposition

Razvigor Ossikovski  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 26, Issue 5, pp. 1109-1118 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.26.001109


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Abstract

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.

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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

History
Original Manuscript: October 27, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 6, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 5, 2009
Published: April 7, 2009

Citation
Razvigor Ossikovski, "Analysis of depolarizing Mueller matrices through a symmetric decomposition," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 26, 1109-1118 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-26-5-1109

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