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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2011
  • pp: 1578–1585

Components of purity of a Mueller matrix

José J. Gil  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 28, Issue 8, pp. 1578-1585 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.28.001578


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Abstract

The degree of polarimetric purity of a Mueller matrix, also called “depolarization index” [ Opt. Acta 33, 185 (1986)] is expressed as a quadratic average of two contributions of different nature. The contribution due to the polarizance and diattenuation properties is given by a unique parameter called “degree of polarizance,” and the complementary contribution due to nonpolarizing properties is given by a parameter called “degree of spherical purity.” These two intrinsic quantities are useful in order to analyze the sources of the polarimetric purity of a material sample whose Mueller matrix has been measured and provide criteria for the classification of Mueller matrices.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.2130) Physical optics : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 5, 2011
Revised Manuscript: May 13, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 25, 2011
Published: July 11, 2011

Citation
José J. Gil, "Components of purity of a Mueller matrix," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 28, 1578-1585 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-28-8-1578

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