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Geometrical concepts in optimal polarimetry: Stokes formalism in a Minkowski space
Author(s): David H.O. Bebbington
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Paper Abstract

Geometrical concepts which have long been central to the Poincare sphere and Stokes vector representations are extended to include vector representations of target scattering matrices via a new derivation based on spinor algebra techniques. New results include the geometric significance of an absolute target phase, an interpretation of Graves' power scattering matrix as a four-vector, and its relationship to the complex target vector. The mathematical and physical significances of the interpretation of Stokes vector space as having a Minkowskian geometry are discussed. The consequences of Lorentz invariance are explored in an application to incoherent backscatter optimal polarimetry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 February 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1748, Radar Polarimetry, (12 February 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.140612
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David H.O. Bebbington, Univ. of Essex (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1748:
Radar Polarimetry
Harold Mott; Wolfgang-Martin Boerner, Editor(s)

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