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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2014
  • pp: 3149–3152

Uniqueness of the differential Mueller matrix of uniform homogeneous media

Vincent Devlaminck and Razvigor Ossikovski  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 11, pp. 3149-3152 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.003149


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Abstract

We show that the differential matrix of a uniform homogeneous medium containing birefringence may not be uniquely determined from its Mueller matrix, resulting in the potential existence of an infinite set of elementary polarization properties parameterized by an integer parameter. The uniqueness depends on the symmetry properties of a special differential matrix derived from the eigenvalue decomposition of the Mueller matrix. The conditions for the uniqueness of the differential matrix are identified, physically discussed, and illustrated in examples from the literature.

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OCIS Codes
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.2130) Physical optics : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: February 28, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 11, 2014
Published: May 20, 2014

Citation
Vincent Devlaminck and Razvigor Ossikovski, "Uniqueness of the differential Mueller matrix of uniform homogeneous media," Opt. Lett. 39, 3149-3152 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-11-3149


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