Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review

12 Scopus citations


Depolarization is the reduction in degree of polarization which occurs when a light beam interacts with surfaces or optical elements. Depolarization is a scrambling of polarization states. The depolarization of Mueller matrices is studied here by mapping the resultant degree of depolarization for all possible polarized incident states (over the surface of the Poincare sphere). Example Mueller matrices are constructed with a variety of different depolarization properties to demonstrate the different depolarization degrees of freedom. These properties can then be applied to understand measurements of depolarization. A classification is presented where depolarization is considered as occurring before diattenuation, in series with diattenuation, or following diattenuation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-20
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 Polarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing II - Denver, CO, USA
Duration: Jul 19 1999Jul 21 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


Dive into the research topics of 'Depolarization'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this