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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 36, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2011
  • pp: 2429–2431

Depolarizing differential Mueller matrices

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


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 13, pp. 2429-2431 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.002429


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Abstract

The evolution of a polarized beam can be described by the differential formulation of Mueller calculus. The nondepolarizing differential Mueller matrices are well known. However, they only account for 7 out of the 16 independent parameters that are necessary to model a general anisotropic depolarizing medium. In this work we present the nine differential Mueller matrices for general depolarizing media, highlighting the physical implications of each of them. Group theory is applied to establish the relationship between the differential matrix and the set of transformation generators in the Minkowski space, of which Lorentz generators constitute a particular subgroup.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

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: April 18, 2011
Revised Manuscript: May 19, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 23, 2011
Published: June 21, 2011

Citation
Noé Ortega-Quijano and José Luis Arce-Diego, "Depolarizing differential Mueller matrices," Opt. Lett. 36, 2429-2431 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-13-2429

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