We report on the experimental realization of a family of depolarizing Mueller matrices that are Stokes nondiagonalizable. We likewise demonstrate a unique characteristic property of Stokes nondiagonalizable matrices consisting in the preservation of the degree of polarization of a single totally polarized input and illustrate it on our experimental example.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 12, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 5, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 23, 2009
Published: March 20, 2009
Razvigor Ossikovski, Clément Fallet, Angelo Pierangelo, and Antonello De Martino, "Experimental implementation and properties of Stokes nondiagonalizable depolarizing Mueller matrices," Opt. Lett. 34, 974-976 (2009)