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Decomposition of Mueller matrices
Author(s): Russell A. Chipman; Shih-Yau Lu
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Paper Abstract

We present an algorithm which decomposes a Mueller matrix into a sequence of three matrix factors: a diattenuator, followed by a retarder, then followed by a depolarizer. Those factors are unique except for singular Mueller matrices. Based upon this decomposition, the diattenuation and retardance of a Mueller matrix can be defined and computed. Thus, this algorithm is useful for performing data reduction upon experimentally determined Mueller matrices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 December 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3120, Wideband Interferometric Sensing and Imaging Polarimetry, (23 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.283849
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Russell A. Chipman, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Shih-Yau Lu, Berkeley Optics Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3120:
Wideband Interferometric Sensing and Imaging Polarimetry
Harold Mott; Wolfgang-Martin Boerner, Editor(s)

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