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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2006
  • pp: 2399–2401

Least-squares analysis of the Mueller matrix

Michael Reimer and David Yevick  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 16, pp. 2399-2401 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.002399


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Abstract

In a single-mode fiber excited by light with a fixed polarization state, the output polarizations obtained at two different optical frequencies are related by a Mueller matrix. We examine least-squares procedures for estimating this matrix from repeated measurements of the output Stokes vector for a random set of input polarization states. We then apply these methods to the determination of polarization mode dispersion and polarization-dependent loss in an optical fiber. We find that a relatively simple formalism leads to results that are comparable with those of far more involved techniques.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.2400) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber properties
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: February 3, 2006
Revised Manuscript: May 4, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 20, 2006
Published: July 25, 2006

Citation
Michael Reimer and David Yevick, "Least-squares analysis of the Mueller matrix," Opt. Lett. 31, 2399-2401 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-16-2399


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