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Minimum number of Mueller matrix nondepolarizing conditions
Author(s): Sergey N. Savenkov
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Paper Abstract

It is known that all changes in state of polarization of EM radiation taken place without depolarization can be completely described by means of deterministic Mueller matrix. Such a 4 X 4 matrix transforms Stokes vector of incident radiation and can be expressed in terms of correspondent 2 X 2 Jones matrix. Lately relations between the two types of matrix are obtained. In the same time physically acceptable nondepolarizing Mueller matrix can have no correspondent Jones matrix. Such situation can take place when Mueller matrix is a nondepolarizing but not a deterministic. It is shown that conditions of nondepolarization are more soft then deterministic ones and, thus, deterministic Mueller matrix is a subset of nondepolarizing one. The minimum set of nondepolarizing conditions is obtained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 December 1998
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3443, X-Ray and Ultraviolet Spectroscopy and Polarimetry II, (17 December 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.333608
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Sergey N. Savenkov, Kiev Taras Shevchenko Univ. (Ukraine)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3443:
X-Ray and Ultraviolet Spectroscopy and Polarimetry II
Silvano Fineschi, Editor(s)

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