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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2004
  • pp: 2234–2236

Influence of the order of diattenuator, retarder, and polarizer in polar decomposition of Mueller matrices

Jérôme Morio and François Goudail  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 19, pp. 2234-2236 (2004)

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Polar decomposition consists of representing an arbitrary Mueller matrix with a product of three simpler matrices, but, since these matrices do not commute, the result depends on the order in which they are multiplied. We show that the six possible decompositions can be classified into two families and that one of these families always leads to physical elementary matrices, whereas the other does not.

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OCIS Codes
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors

Jérôme Morio and François Goudail, "Influence of the order of diattenuator, retarder, and polarizer in polar decomposition of Mueller matrices," Opt. Lett. 29, 2234-2236 (2004)

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