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Physical quantities involved in a Mueller matrix
Author(s): José J. Gil
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The polarimetric properties of a material medium are summarized in the sixteen elements of its associated Mueller matrix. The quantities carrying specific information on the significant polarimetric features have to be defined on the basis of the analysis of the mathematical structure of Mueller matrices. It is found that any Mueller matrix can be parameterized through two retardance vectors and ten quantities that are invariant under dual retarder transformations. This parameterization leads to proper definitions of the retardance and depolarization properties, which together with the diattenuation and polarizance properties provide complete polarimetric characterization of the sample under consideration.

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Date Published: 4 May 2016
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 9853, Polarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing XII, 985302 (4 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2222758
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José J. Gil, Univ. de Zaragoza (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9853:
Polarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing XII
David B. Chenault; Dennis H. Goldstein, Editor(s)

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