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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

| OPTICS, IMAGE SCIENCE, AND VISION

  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2013
  • pp: 32–50

Serial–parallel decompositions of Mueller matrices

José J. Gil, Ignacio San José, and Razvigor Ossikovski  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 30, Issue 1, pp. 32-50 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.30.000032


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Abstract

The algebraic methods for serial and parallel decompositions of Mueller matrices are combined in order to obtain a general framework for a suitable analysis of polarimetric measurements based on equivalent systems constituted by simple components. A general procedure for the parallel decomposition of a Mueller matrix into a convex sum of pure elements is presented and applied to the two canonical forms of depolarizing Mueller matrices [Ossikovski, J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27, 123 (2010).], leading to the serial–parallel decomposition of any Mueller matrix. The resultant model is consistent with the mathematical structure and the reciprocity properties of Mueller matrices.

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OCIS Codes
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.2130) Physical optics : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(290.5855) Scattering : Scattering, polarization

ToC Category:
Scattering

History
Original Manuscript: September 10, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 11, 2012
Published: December 11, 2012

Citation
José J. Gil, Ignacio San José, and Razvigor Ossikovski, "Serial–parallel decompositions of Mueller matrices," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 30, 32-50 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-30-1-32

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