Interpretation of Mueller matrices based on polar decomposition

Shih Yau Lu, Russell A Chipman

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Abstract

We present an algorithm that decomposes a Mueller matrix into a sequence of three matrix factors: a diattenuator, followed by a retarder, then followed by a depolarizer. Those factors are unique except for singular Mueller matrices. Based on this decomposition, the diattenuation and the retardance of a Mueller matrix can be defined and computed. Thus this algorithm is useful for performing data reduction upon experimentally determined Mueller matrices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1106-1113
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision
Volume13
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1996
Externally publishedYes

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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Interpretation of Mueller matrices based on polar decomposition. / Lu, Shih Yau; Chipman, Russell A.

In: Journal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision, Vol. 13, No. 5, 05.1996, p. 1106-1113.

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