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Some necessary conditions on Mueller matrices
Author(s): Alexander B. Kostinski; Clark R. Givens; John M. Kwiatkowski
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Paper Abstract

We address the issue of physical realizability constraints on depolarizing scattering or imaging systems. In particular, the overpolarization problem, that is the problem of ensuring that the output degree of polarization is always smaller than (or equal to) unity, is discussed in detail. We derive a set of necessary conditions on the elements of a Mueller matrix. These conditions can be used to test the accuracy of polarimetric measurements and computations. Numerical examples are given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 December 1992
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1746, Polarization Analysis and Measurement, (11 December 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.138791
Show Author Affiliations
Alexander B. Kostinski, Michigan Technological Univ. (United States)
Clark R. Givens, Michigan Technological Univ. (United States)
John M. Kwiatkowski, Michigan Technological Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1746:
Polarization Analysis and Measurement
Dennis H. Goldstein; Russell A. Chipman, Editor(s)

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