Anisotropy coefficients α, β, and γ that describe the type and the relative amount of the three kinds of anisotropy generally present in a Mueller matrix are introduced. Their derivation, algebraic properties, and physical interpretation are discussed. In particular, they are shown to permit a geometrical representation for the anisotropy and polarizing characteristics of a Mueller matrix. Illustrative experimental examples are provided.
© 2011 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 10, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 13, 2010
Published: March 11, 2011
Oriol Arteaga, Enric Garcia-Caurel, and Razvigor Ossikovski, "Anisotropy coefficients of a Mueller matrix," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 28, 548-553 (2011)