Abstract

In this paper, we consider the forward problem in depolarization by optical systems. That is, we seek a compact parameterization that allows us to take an arbitrary “pure” optical system (namely one defined by a single Mueller–Jones matrix) and model all possible ways in which that system can depolarize light. We model this structure using compound unitary transformations and illustrate physical interpretation of the parameters involved by considering four examples, the family of depolarizers generated by scattering by random nonspherical particle clouds. We then turn attention to circular polarizers before considering all ways in which mirror reflection can cause depolarization. Finally, we consider a numerical example applied to a published Mueller matrix for backscatter from chiral turbid media.

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I. San José and J. J. Gil, “Invariant indices of polarimetric purity. Generalized indices of purity for n×n covariance matrices,” Opt. Commun. 284, 38–47 (2011).
[CrossRef]

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2007

J. J. Gil, “Polarimetric characterization of light and media. Physical quantities involved in polarimetric phenomena,” Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys. 40, 1–47 (2007).
[CrossRef]

R. Ossikovski, A. De Martino, and S. Guyot, “Forward and reverse product decompositions of depolarizing Mueller matrices,” Opt. Lett. 32, 689–691 (2007).
[CrossRef]

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S. R. Cloude, “Group theory and polarisation algebra,” Optik 75, 26–36 (1986).

Amra, C.

Buddhiwant, P.

Chipman, R. A.

Cloude, S. R.

S. R. Cloude, “Entropy of the Amsterdam light scattering database,” J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 110, 1665–1676 (2009).
[CrossRef]

S. R. Cloude, “Group theory and polarisation algebra,” Optik 75, 26–36 (1986).

S. R. Cloude, Polarisation: Applications in Remote Sensing (Oxford University, 2009).

De Martino, A.

Domke, H.

J. W. Hovenier, C. van der Mee, and H. Domke, Transfer of Polarized Light in Planetary Atmospheres (Kluwer Academic, 2004), Vol. 318.

Fallet, C.

Foldyna, M.

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[CrossRef]

J. J. Gil, “Polarimetric characterization of light and media. Physical quantities involved in polarimetric phenomena,” Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys. 40, 1–47 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Gupta, P. K.

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Hovenier, J. W.

J. W. Hovenier, C. van der Mee, and H. Domke, Transfer of Polarized Light in Planetary Atmospheres (Kluwer Academic, 2004), Vol. 318.

M. I. Mischenko, J. W. Hovenier, and L. D. Travis, Light Scattering by Nonspherical Particles (Academic, 2000).

Lu, S.-Y.

Manhas, S.

Mischenko, M. I.

M. I. Mischenko, J. W. Hovenier, and L. D. Travis, Light Scattering by Nonspherical Particles (Academic, 2000).

Murnaghan, F. D.

F. D. Murnaghan, The Unitary and Rotation Groups (Spartan Books, 1962).

Ossikovski, R.

San José, I.

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[CrossRef]

Singh, K.

Soriano, G.

Sorrentini, J.

Swami, M. K.

Travis, L. D.

M. I. Mischenko, J. W. Hovenier, and L. D. Travis, Light Scattering by Nonspherical Particles (Academic, 2000).

van der Mee, C.

J. W. Hovenier, C. van der Mee, and H. Domke, Transfer of Polarized Light in Planetary Atmospheres (Kluwer Academic, 2004), Vol. 318.

Zerrad, M.

Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.

J. J. Gil, “Polarimetric characterization of light and media. Physical quantities involved in polarimetric phenomena,” Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys. 40, 1–47 (2007).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. A

J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer

S. R. Cloude, “Entropy of the Amsterdam light scattering database,” J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 110, 1665–1676 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun.

I. San José and J. J. Gil, “Invariant indices of polarimetric purity. Generalized indices of purity for n×n covariance matrices,” Opt. Commun. 284, 38–47 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express

Opt. Lett.

Optik

S. R. Cloude, “Group theory and polarisation algebra,” Optik 75, 26–36 (1986).

Other

M. I. Mischenko, J. W. Hovenier, and L. D. Travis, Light Scattering by Nonspherical Particles (Academic, 2000).

J. W. Hovenier, C. van der Mee, and H. Domke, Transfer of Polarized Light in Planetary Atmospheres (Kluwer Academic, 2004), Vol. 318.

S. R. Cloude, Polarisation: Applications in Remote Sensing (Oxford University, 2009).

F. D. Murnaghan, The Unitary and Rotation Groups (Spartan Books, 1962).

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