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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2012
  • pp: 921–923

Realizable differential matrices for depolarizing media

Thomas A. Germer  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 5, pp. 921-923 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.000921


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Abstract

The evolution of a Stokes vector through depolarizing media is considered. A general form for the differential matrix is found that is appropriate in the presence of depolarization and it is parameterized in a manner that ensures that it yields, upon integration, a valid Mueller matrix for any choice of parameters. The form expands the more limited form for a nondepolarizing matrix given by Azzam [J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 1756 (1978)] and which was extended recently by others to include depolarization. A Mueller matrix decomposition is proposed that is based upon the new parameterization.

OCIS Codes
(120.2130) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 10, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 25, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 28, 2012
Published: February 28, 2012

Citation
Thomas A. Germer, "Realizable differential matrices for depolarizing media," Opt. Lett. 37, 921-923 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-5-921


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