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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2011
  • pp: 548–553

Anisotropy coefficients of a Mueller matrix

Oriol Arteaga, Enric Garcia-Caurel, and Razvigor Ossikovski  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 28, Issue 4, pp. 548-553 (2011)

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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.

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OCIS Codes
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.2130) Physical optics : Ellipsometry and polarimetry

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

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)

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