Abstract

We derive a differential equation that relates the Mueller matrices of an optical system at adjacent frequencies in the presence of polarization mode dispersion and polarization-dependent loss (PDL). We then demonstrate that a solution of this equation based on the Magnus expansion yields a description of the Mueller matrix in orders of the principal state vector that coincides with previously reported results for systems without PDL.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

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