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Degrees of freedom in depolarizing Mueller matrices
Author(s): Russell A. Chipman
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Paper Abstract

Most measured Mueller matrices tend to be slightly non physical due to noise and calibration issues. Based on a simple white noise model and higher dimensional geometrical considerations, only 1 out of 90 measured Mueller matrices for a non depolarizing sample should be physical, a number given by the relation [equation] which describes the ratio of the 9-dimensional solid angle inside a 9-dimensional 45° cone to the 9- dimensional solid angle in the entire 9-dimensional hypersphere. The remaining majority of measured matrices would be expected to be slightly non physical.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6682, Polarization Science and Remote Sensing III, 66820I (13 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.735892
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Russell A. Chipman, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6682:
Polarization Science and Remote Sensing III
Joseph A. Shaw; J. Scott Tyo, Editor(s)

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