Generalized diattenuation and retardance for inhomogeneous polarization elements

Shih Yau Lu, Russell A. Chipman

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Two useful quantities, diattenuation and retardance, that characterize the polarization properties of a polarization element, are generalized for inhomogeneous polarization elements, i.e., the polarization elements with nonorthogonal eigenpolarizations. Moreover, an inhomogeneity parameter is introduced to characterize the inhomogeneity of a polarization element. The equations for calculating inhomogeneity, diattenuation, and retardance from the Jones matrix are presented. These equations are suitable for performing data reduction on Jones matrices or nondepolarizing Mueller matrices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherPubl by Int Soc for Optical Engineering
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)0819409197
StatePublished - Dec 1 1992
Externally publishedYes
EventPolarization Analysis and Measurement - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Jul 19 1992Jul 21 1992

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherPolarization Analysis and Measurement
CitySan Diego, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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