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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2009
  • pp: 2426–2428

Experimental evidence for naturally occurring nondiagonal depolarizers

Razvigor Ossikovski, Martin Foldyna, Clément Fallet, and Antonello De Martino  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 16, pp. 2426-2428 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.002426


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Abstract

We report on two Stokes nondiagonalizable Mueller matrices experimentally observed in a biological and in an organic sample. These matrices are examples of naturally occurring nondiagonal depolarizers whose unique property is to preserve the degree of polarization of all but one totally polarized light state. The description of the experimental matrices within the theory of Bragg scattering on cholesteric liquid crystals, as well as their interpretation in physical and structural terms, are likewise addressed.

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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

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 26, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 8, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 9, 2009
Published: August 6, 2009

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Vol. 4, Iss. 10 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Razvigor Ossikovski, Martin Foldyna, Clément Fallet, and Antonello De Martino, "Experimental evidence for naturally occurring nondiagonal depolarizers," Opt. Lett. 34, 2426-2428 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-16-2426


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