Structure of the Mueller calculus

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The sixteen elements of the Mueller matrix are associated with sixteen degrees of freedom, seven nonpolarizing, and nine depolarizing degrees of freedom. Combinations of polarization elements are associated with all the degrees of freedom demonstrating that physically realizable polarization elements span all sixteen degrees. Two alternative polarization basis states are introduced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2000
EventPolarization Analisys, Measurement, and Remote Sensing III - San Diego, USA
Duration: Aug 2 2000Aug 4 2000

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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