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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 2 — Jan. 16, 2012
  • pp: 1151–1163

Experimental validation of Mueller matrix differential decomposition

Noé Ortega-Quijano, Bicher Haj-Ibrahim, Enric García-Caurel, José Luis Arce-Diego, and Razvigor Ossikovski  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 2, pp. 1151-1163 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.001151


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Abstract

Mueller matrix differential decomposition is a novel method for retrieving the polarimetric properties of general depolarizing anisotropic media [N. Ortega-Quijano and J. L. Arce-Diego, Opt. Lett. 36, 1942 (2011), R. Ossikovski, Opt. Lett. 36, 2330 (2011)]. The method has been verified for Mueller matrices available in the literature. We experimentally validate the decomposition for five different experimental setups with different commutation properties and controlled optical parameters, comparing the differential decomposition with the forward and reverse polar decompositions. The results enable to verify the method and to highlight its advantages for certain experimental applications of high interest.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(260.2130) Physical optics : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: October 14, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 17, 2011
Published: January 4, 2012

Citation
Noé Ortega-Quijano, Bicher Haj-Ibrahim, Enric García-Caurel, José Luis Arce-Diego, and Razvigor Ossikovski, "Experimental validation of Mueller matrix differential decomposition," Opt. Express 20, 1151-1163 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-2-1151


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