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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2013
  • pp: 701–707

Transmittance constraints in serial decompositions of depolarizing Mueller matrices: the arrow form of a Mueller matrix

José J. Gil  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 30, Issue 4, pp. 701-707 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.30.000701


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Abstract

The passivity of the linear components in the main approaches for serial decompositions of depolarizing Mueller matrices [J. Opt. Soc. Am. A13, 1106 (1996); J. Opt. Soc. Am. A26, 1109 (2009)] is dealt with, and it is found that it is not always possible to perform such decompositions in terms of passive components. A compact form of Mueller matrix (“arrow matrix”) associated with any given Mueller matrix, which retains, in a condensed manner, the physical properties relative to transmittance, diattenuation, polarizance, and depolarization, is presented.

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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:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 5, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 27, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 20, 2013
Published: March 22, 2013

Citation
José J. Gil, "Transmittance constraints in serial decompositions of depolarizing Mueller matrices: the arrow form of a Mueller matrix," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 30, 701-707 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-30-4-701

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