Decomposition of Mueller matrices

Russell A. Chipman, Shih Yau Lu

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-396
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1997
EventWideband Interferometric Sensing and Imaging Polarimetry - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jul 28 1997Jul 28 1997


  • Depolarization
  • Diattenuation
  • Jones matrices
  • Mueller matrices
  • Polarization
  • Retardance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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