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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2014
  • pp: 4041–4044

Explicit algebraic characterization of Mueller matrices

José J. Gil and Ignacio San José  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 13, pp. 4041-4044 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.004041


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Abstract

A general explicit algebraic characterization of Mueller matrices is presented in terms of the non-negativity of a set of leading principal minors of the coherency matrix CA associated with the arrow form MA of a given Mueller matrix M. This result is also formulated through a set of four characteristic Stokes vectors. The particular cases of Mueller matrices with zero degree of polarizance and symmetric Mueller matrices are analyzed.

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OCIS Codes
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.2130) Physical optics : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(290.5855) Scattering : Scattering, polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 25, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 27, 2014
Published: June 30, 2014

Citation
José J. Gil and Ignacio San José, "Explicit algebraic characterization of Mueller matrices," Opt. Lett. 39, 4041-4044 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-13-4041


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