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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1779–1782

Practical decomposition for physically admissible differential Mueller matrices

Martin Villiger and Brett E. Bouma  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 7, pp. 1779-1782 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.001779


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Abstract

The differential Mueller matrix expresses the local action of an optical medium on the evolution of a propagating electromagnetic field, including partially coherent and partially polarized waves. Here, we present a derivation of the differential Mueller matrix from the canonical form of Type I Mueller matrices without making use of the exponential generators of uniform media. We demonstrate how to practically obtain this parameterization numerically using an eigenvalue decomposition and find validity criteria to ensure that the matrix satisfies the constraints of a physical system. This provides a convenient tool-set to investigate depolarization effects and extends previous treatments of the differential Mueller matrix formalism.

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OCIS Codes
(170.3010) Medical optics and biotechnology : Image reconstruction techniques
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging

ToC Category:
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History
Original Manuscript: December 20, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 11, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: February 17, 2014
Published: March 19, 2014

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Vol. 9, Iss. 6 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Martin Villiger and Brett E. Bouma, "Practical decomposition for physically admissible differential Mueller matrices," Opt. Lett. 39, 1779-1782 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-7-1779


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