Depolarization in the Mueller Calculus

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Depolarization is the generation of partially polarized light or unpolarized light from a completely polarized incident beam. For example when polarized light scatters from rough surfaces, the degree of polarization is usually reduced from one. Depolarization figures of merit are discussed and difficulties with the depolarization index are highlighted. Interesting depolarization patterns are presented for a liquid crystal in reflection are measured with a commercial polarimeter. Depolarization data from rough metal surfaces and paint is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-192
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2003
EventPolarization Science and Remote Sensing - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 3 2003Aug 5 2003

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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