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Generalized diattenuation and retardance for inhomogeneous polarization elements
Author(s): Shih-Yau Lu; Russell A. Chipman
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Paper Abstract

Two useful quantities, diattenuation and retardance, that characterize the polarization properties of a polarization element, are generalized for inhomogeneous polarization elements, i.e., the polarization elements with nonorthogonal eigenpolarizations. Moreover, an inhomogeneity parameter is introduced to characterize the inhomogeneity of a polarization element. The equations for calculating inhomogeneity, diattenuation, and retardance from the Jones matrix are presented. These equations are suitable for performing data reduction on Jones matrices or nondepolarizing Mueller matrices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 December 1992
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 1746, Polarization Analysis and Measurement, (11 December 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.138789
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Shih-Yau Lu, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Russell A. Chipman, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)

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

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