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Depolarizing differential Mueller matrices.

Authors
  • Ortega-Quijano, Noé
  • Arce-Diego, José Luis
Type
Published Article
Journal
Optics Letters
Publisher
The Optical Society
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2011
Volume
36
Issue
13
Pages
2429–2431
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1364/OL.36.002429
PMID: 21725434
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The evolution of a polarized beam can be described by the differential formulation of Mueller calculus. The nondepolarizing differential Mueller matrices are well known. However, they only account for 7 out of the 16 independent parameters that are necessary to model a general anisotropic depolarizing medium. In this work we present the nine differential Mueller matrices for general depolarizing media, highlighting the physical implications of each of them. Group theory is applied to establish the relationship between the differential matrix and the set of transformation generators in the Minkowski space, of which Lorentz generators constitute a particular subgroup.

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