Depolarization

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Abstract

Depolarization is the reduction in degree of polarization which occurs when a light beam interacts with surfaces or optical elements. Depolarization is a scrambling of polarization states. The depolarization of Mueller matrices is studied here by mapping the resultant degree of depolarization for all possible polarized incident states (over the surface of the Poincare sphere). Example Mueller matrices are constructed with a variety of different depolarization properties to demonstrate the different depolarization degrees of freedom. These properties can then be applied to understand measurements of depolarization. A classification is presented where depolarization is considered as occurring before diattenuation, in series with diattenuation, or following diattenuation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherSociety of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
Pages14-20
Number of pages7
Volume3754
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1999 Polarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing II - Denver, CO, USA
Duration: Jul 19 1999Jul 21 1999

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OtherProceedings of the 1999 Polarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing II
CityDenver, CO, USA
Period7/19/997/21/99

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Chipman, R. A. (1999). Depolarization. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 3754, pp. 14-20). Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.

Depolarization. / Chipman, Russell A.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 3754 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, 1999. p. 14-20.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Chipman, RA 1999, Depolarization. in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 3754, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, pp. 14-20, Proceedings of the 1999 Polarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing II, Denver, CO, USA, 7/19/99.
Chipman RA. Depolarization. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 3754. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. 1999. p. 14-20
Chipman, Russell A. / Depolarization. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 3754 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, 1999. pp. 14-20
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