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|Author(s):||Thomas A. Germer;|
|Title:||Differential matrices for depolarizing media|
|Published:||March 01, 2012|
|Abstract:||The evolution of a Stokes vector through depolarizing media is considered. A general form for the differential matrix is derived that is appropriate in the presence of depolarization, and is parameterized in a manner that ensures that it yields, upon integration, a valid Mueller matrix for any choice of parameters with some limited constraints. The form expands the more limited form for a non-depolarizing matrix given by Azzam [J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 1756-1767 (1978)] and which was extended recently by others to include depolarization. A decomposition for a Mueller matrix is proposed, based upon the parameters for the differential matrix, which when integrated over unit length, would yield the same Mueller matrix.|
|Pages:||pp. 921 - 923|
|Keywords:||depolarization, Mueller matrix, polarization|
|Research Areas:||Optics, Optical Properties of Materials|
|PDF version:||Click here to retrieve PDF version of paper (83KB)|