Abstract

Since polarimetry has extended its use for the study of scattering from surfaces and tissues, Spectralon, a white reflectance standard, is acquiring the role of a polarimetric standard. Both the behavior of Spectralon as a Lambertian surface and its performance as a perfect depolarizer are analyzed in detail. The accuracy of our dynamic polarimeter, together with the polar decomposition to describe the Mueller matrix (MM) depolarizing action, combine to produce a powerful tool for the proper analysis of this scattering surface. Results allowed us to revisit, for confirmation or revision, the role of some MM elements, as described in the bibliography. The conditions under which it can be considered a good Lambertian surface are specified in terms of incidence and scattering angle and verified over a large wavelength range.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (12)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Tables (1)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article tables are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (9)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Metrics

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription