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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2011
  • pp: 1942–1944

Mueller matrix differential decomposition

Noé Ortega-Quijano and José Luis Arce-Diego  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 10, pp. 1942-1944 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.001942


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Abstract

We present a Mueller matrix decomposition based on the differential formulation of the Mueller calculus. The differential Mueller matrix is obtained from the macroscopic matrix through an eigenanalysis. It is subsequently resolved into the complete set of 16 differential matrices that correspond to the basic types of optical behavior for depolarizing anisotropic media. The method is successfully applied to the polarimetric analysis of several samples. The differential parameters enable one to perform an exhaustive characterization of anisotropy and depolarization. This decomposition is particularly appropriate for studying media in which several polarization effects take place simultaneously.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(260.2130) Physical optics : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 9, 2011
Revised Manuscript: April 18, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: April 18, 2011
Published: May 13, 2011

Citation
Noé Ortega-Quijano and José Luis Arce-Diego, "Mueller matrix differential decomposition," Opt. Lett. 36, 1942-1944 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-10-1942

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