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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 2 — Jan. 18, 2010
  • pp: 831–842

Experimental validation of the symmetric decomposition of Mueller matrices

Clément Fallet, Angelo Pierangelo, Razvigor Ossikovski, and Antonello De Martino  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 2, pp. 831-842 (2010)

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We experimentally assess the validity of the symmetric decomposition of Mueller matrices [R. Ossikovski, J. Opt. Soc. Am A 26, 1109-1118 (2009)] into a sequence of five factors consisting of a diagonal depolarizer between two retarder and diattenuator pairs. The raw data were Mueller images of combinations of polarization components which were individually measured and then assembled in different combinations. The possibility to recover all the elements is discussed, including the experimentally relevant cases of “degenerate” depolarizers, with two equal eigenvalues, which were not explicitly considered in the general theory.

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OCIS Codes
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.2130) Physical optics : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: September 17, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 20, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 4, 2009
Published: January 6, 2010

Clément Fallet, Angelo Pierangelo, Razvigor Ossikovski, and Antonello De Martino, "Experimental validation of the symmetric decomposition of Mueller matrices," Opt. Express 18, 831-842 (2010)

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