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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1216–1219

General criterion for the physical realizability of the differential Mueller matrix

Razvigor Ossikovski and Vincent Devlaminck  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 5, pp. 1216-1219 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.001216


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Abstract

In this Letter, we derive a general criterion for the physical realizability of the differential Mueller matrix m of a depolarizing continuous medium. The criterion is based on checking the positive semidefiniteness of a 3×3 restriction of the coherency matrix of the G-symmetric component of m and turns out be a close analogue of the well-known criterion of Cloude for a Mueller matrix to be physically realizable. The related aspects of local and global, as well as Stokes and physical (or Cloude), realizabilities are discussed comparatively. The practical application of the criterion, in connection with the above types of realizabilities, is illustrated on experimental Mueller matrices from the literature.

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OCIS Codes
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

History
Original Manuscript: December 6, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 15, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 16, 2014
Published: February 21, 2014

Citation
Razvigor Ossikovski and Vincent Devlaminck, "General criterion for the physical realizability of the differential Mueller matrix," Opt. Lett. 39, 1216-1219 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-5-1216

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