Abstract

The algebraic methods for serial and parallel decompositions of Mueller matrices are combined in order to obtain a general framework for a suitable analysis of polarimetric measurements based on equivalent systems constituted by simple components. A general procedure for the parallel decomposition of a Mueller matrix into a convex sum of pure elements is presented and applied to the two canonical forms of depolarizing Mueller matrices [Ossikovski, J. Opt. Soc. Am. A27, 123 (2010).], leading to the serial–parallel decomposition of any Mueller matrix. The resultant model is consistent with the mathematical structure and the reciprocity properties of Mueller matrices.

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I. San Jose and J. J. Gil, “Invariant indices of polarimetric purity. Generalized indices of purity for n×n covariance matrices,” Opt. Commun. 284, 38–47 (2011).
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J. L. Alvarez-Perez, “Coherence, polarization, and statistical independence in Cloude–Pottier’s radar polarimetry,” IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens. 49, 426–441 (2011).
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J. J. Gil, “Components of purity of a Mueller matrix,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 28, 1578–1585 (2011).
[CrossRef]

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R. Ossikovski, “Canonical forms of depolarizing Mueller matrices,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27, 123–130 (2010).
[CrossRef]

J. J. Gil, “Parallel decompositions of Mueller matrices and polarimetric subtraction,” EPJ Web Conf. 5, 04002 (2010).
[CrossRef]

2009 (2)

2008 (2)

R. Ossikovski, “Interpretation of nondepolarizing Mueller matrices based on singular-value decomposition,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 473–482 (2008).
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R. Ossikovski, A. De Martino, and S. Guyot, “Forward and reverse product decompositions of depolarizing Mueller matrices,” Opt. Lett. 32, 689–691 (2007).
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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

2004 (2)

J. J. Gil, J. M. Correas, P. A. Melero, and C. Ferreira, “Generalized polarization algebra,” Monografías del Seminario Matemático García de Galdeano 31, 161–167 (2004). Available from http://www.unizar.es/galdeano/actas_pau/PDFVIII/pp161-167.pdf .

J. Morio and F. Goudail, “Influence of the order of diattenuator, retarder and polarizer in polar decomposition of Mueller matrices,” Opt. Lett. 29, 2234–2236 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2003 (2)

J. M. Correas, P. A. Melero, and J. J. Gil, “Decomposition of Mueller matrices into pure optical media,” Monografías del Seminario Matemático García de Galdeano 27, 23–240 (2003). Available from http://www.unizar.es/galdeano/actas_pau/PDF/233.pdf .

T. Tudor, “Generalized observables in polarization optics,” J. Phys. A 36, 9577–9590 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2000 (1)

1998 (2)

A. V. Gopala Rao, K. S. Mallesh, and Sudha, “On the algebraic characterization of a Mueller matrix in polarization optics. I. Identifying a Mueller matrix from its N matrix,” J. Mod. Opt. 45, 955–987 (1998).
[CrossRef]

A. V. Gopala Rao, K. S. Mallesh, and Sudha, “On the algebraic characterization of a Mueller matrix in polarization optics. II. Necessary and sufficient conditions for Jones derived Mueller matrices,” J. Mod. Opt. 45, 989–999 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1997 (1)

S. R. Cloude, “The physical interpretation of eigenvalue problems in optical scattering polarimetry,” Proc. SPIE 3121, 88–99 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1996 (2)

S.-Y. Lu and R. A. Chipman, “Interpretation of Mueller matrices based on polar decomposition,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 13, 1106–1113 (1996).
[CrossRef]

S. R. Cloude and E. Pottier, “A review of target decomposition theorems in radar polarimetry,” IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens. 34, 498–518 (1996).
[CrossRef]

1994 (3)

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[CrossRef]

S. R. Cloude, “Special unitary groups in polarimetry theory,” Proc. SPIE 2265, 292–303 (1994).
[CrossRef]

S.-Y. Lu and R. A. Chipman, “Homogeneous and inhomogeneous Jones matrices,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 11, 766–773 (1994).
[CrossRef]

1993 (2)

C. V. M. van der Mee, “An eigenvalue criterion for matrices transforming Stokes parameters,” J. Math. Phys. 34, 5072–5088 (1993).
[CrossRef]

C. R. Givens and A. B. Kostinski, “A simple necessary and sufficient condition on physically realizable Mueller matrices,” J. Mod. Opt. 40, 471–481 (1993).
[CrossRef]

1992 (2)

Z.-F. Xing, “On the deterministic and non-deterministic Mueller matrix,” J. Mod. Opt. 39, 461–484 (1992).
[CrossRef]

A. B. Kostinski and R. C. Givens, “On the gain of a passive linear depolarizing system,” J. Mod. Opt. 39, 1947–1952(1992).
[CrossRef]

1989 (2)

S. R. Cloude, “Conditions for the physical realizability of matrix operators in polarimetry,” Proc. SPIE 1166, 177–185 (1989).
[CrossRef]

L. Lavoura, “Parametrization of the four-generation quark mixing matrix by the moduli of its matrix elements,” Phys. Rev. D 40, 2440–2448 (1989).
[CrossRef]

1987 (2)

J. J. Gil and E. Bernabéu, “Obtainment of the polarizing and retardation parameters of a non-depolarizing optical system from its Mueller matrix,” Optik 76, 67–71 (1987).

R. Barakat, “Conditions for the physical realizability of polarization matrices characterizing passive systems,” J. Mod. Opt. 34, 1535–1544 (1987).
[CrossRef]

1986 (2)

J. J. Gil and E. Bernabéu, “Depolarization and polarization indices of an optical system,” Opt. Acta 33, 185–189(1986).
[CrossRef]

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

1971 (1)

Alvarez-Perez, J. L.

J. L. Alvarez-Perez, “Coherence, polarization, and statistical independence in Cloude–Pottier’s radar polarimetry,” IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens. 49, 426–441 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Anastasiadou, M.

M. Anastasiadou, S. Ben Hatit, R. Ossikovski, S. Guyot, and A. De Martino, “Experimental validation of the reverse polar decomposition of depolarizing Mueller matrices,” JEOS RP 2, 07018 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Arfken, G.

G. Arfken, Mathematical Methods for Physicists (Academic, 1970), Chap. 4.

Barakat, R.

R. Barakat, “Conditions for the physical realizability of polarization matrices characterizing passive systems,” J. Mod. Opt. 34, 1535–1544 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Barnes, R. M.

W. A. Holm and R. M. Barnes, “On radar polarization mixed target state decomposition techniques,” in IEEE 1988 National Radar Conference (IEEE, 1988), pp. 249–254.

Ben Hatit, S.

M. Anastasiadou, S. Ben Hatit, R. Ossikovski, S. Guyot, and A. De Martino, “Experimental validation of the reverse polar decomposition of depolarizing Mueller matrices,” JEOS RP 2, 07018 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Bernabéu, E.

J. J. Gil and E. Bernabéu, “Obtainment of the polarizing and retardation parameters of a non-depolarizing optical system from its Mueller matrix,” Optik 76, 67–71 (1987).

J. J. Gil and E. Bernabéu, “Depolarization and polarization indices of an optical system,” Opt. Acta 33, 185–189(1986).
[CrossRef]

Bogush, A. A.

V. M. Red’kov, A. A. Bogush, and N. G. Tokarevskaya, “On Parametrization of the linear GL(4,C) and unitary SU(4) groups in terms of Dirac matrices,” SIGMA 4, 021 (2008).

Chipman, R. A.

Cloude, S. R.

S. R. Cloude, “The physical interpretation of eigenvalue problems in optical scattering polarimetry,” Proc. SPIE 3121, 88–99 (1997).
[CrossRef]

S. R. Cloude and E. Pottier, “A review of target decomposition theorems in radar polarimetry,” IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens. 34, 498–518 (1996).
[CrossRef]

S. R. Cloude, “Special unitary groups in polarimetry theory,” Proc. SPIE 2265, 292–303 (1994).
[CrossRef]

S. R. Cloude, “Conditions for the physical realizability of matrix operators in polarimetry,” Proc. SPIE 1166, 177–185 (1989).
[CrossRef]

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

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

S. R. Cloude, “Uniqueness of target decomposition theorems in radar polarimetry,” in Direct and Inverse Methods in Radar Polarimetry, Part I, W. M. Boerner, L. A. Cram, W. A. Holm, D. E. Stein, W. Wiesbeck, W. Keydel, D. Giuli, D. T. Gjessing, F. A. Molinet, and H. Brand, eds. (Kluwer, 1992).

Correas, J. M.

J. J. Gil, J. M. Correas, P. A. Melero, and C. Ferreira, “Generalized polarization algebra,” Monografías del Seminario Matemático García de Galdeano 31, 161–167 (2004). Available from http://www.unizar.es/galdeano/actas_pau/PDFVIII/pp161-167.pdf .

J. M. Correas, P. A. Melero, and J. J. Gil, “Decomposition of Mueller matrices into pure optical media,” Monografías del Seminario Matemático García de Galdeano 27, 23–240 (2003). Available from http://www.unizar.es/galdeano/actas_pau/PDF/233.pdf .

De Martino, A.

Ferreira, C.

J. J. Gil, J. M. Correas, P. A. Melero, and C. Ferreira, “Generalized polarization algebra,” Monografías del Seminario Matemático García de Galdeano 31, 161–167 (2004). Available from http://www.unizar.es/galdeano/actas_pau/PDFVIII/pp161-167.pdf .

Foldyna, M.

Garcia-Caurel, E.

Gil, J. J.

J. J. Gil, “Components of purity of a Mueller matrix,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 28, 1578–1585 (2011).
[CrossRef]

I. San Jose 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]

J. J. Gil, “Parallel decompositions of Mueller matrices and polarimetric subtraction,” EPJ Web Conf. 5, 04002 (2010).
[CrossRef]

M. Foldyna, E. Garcia-Caurel, R. Ossikovski, A. De Martino, and J. J. Gil, “Retrieval of a non-depolarizing component of experimentally determined depolarizing Mueller matrices,” Opt. Express 17, 12794–12806 (2009).
[CrossRef]

J. J. Gil, “Polarimetric characterization of light and media,” EPJ Appl. Phys. 40, 1–47 (2007).
[CrossRef]

J. J. Gil, J. M. Correas, P. A. Melero, and C. Ferreira, “Generalized polarization algebra,” Monografías del Seminario Matemático García de Galdeano 31, 161–167 (2004). Available from http://www.unizar.es/galdeano/actas_pau/PDFVIII/pp161-167.pdf .

J. M. Correas, P. A. Melero, and J. J. Gil, “Decomposition of Mueller matrices into pure optical media,” Monografías del Seminario Matemático García de Galdeano 27, 23–240 (2003). Available from http://www.unizar.es/galdeano/actas_pau/PDF/233.pdf .

J. J. Gil, “Characteristic properties of Mueller matrices,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 17, 328–334 (2000).
[CrossRef]

J. J. Gil and E. Bernabéu, “Obtainment of the polarizing and retardation parameters of a non-depolarizing optical system from its Mueller matrix,” Optik 76, 67–71 (1987).

J. J. Gil and E. Bernabéu, “Depolarization and polarization indices of an optical system,” Opt. Acta 33, 185–189(1986).
[CrossRef]

J. J. Gil, “Determination of polarization parameters in matricial representation. Theoretical contribution and development of an automatic measurement device,” Ph.D. thesis (Facultad de Ciencias, Univ. Zaragoza), Spain, 1983. Available from http://www.pepegil.es/PhD-Thesis-JJ-Gil-English.pdf .

Givens, C. R.

C. R. Givens and A. B. Kostinski, “A simple necessary and sufficient condition on physically realizable Mueller matrices,” J. Mod. Opt. 40, 471–481 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Givens, R. C.

A. B. Kostinski and R. C. Givens, “On the gain of a passive linear depolarizing system,” J. Mod. Opt. 39, 1947–1952(1992).
[CrossRef]

Gopala Rao, A. V.

A. V. Gopala Rao, K. S. Mallesh, and Sudha, “On the algebraic characterization of a Mueller matrix in polarization optics. I. Identifying a Mueller matrix from its N matrix,” J. Mod. Opt. 45, 955–987 (1998).
[CrossRef]

A. V. Gopala Rao, K. S. Mallesh, and Sudha, “On the algebraic characterization of a Mueller matrix in polarization optics. II. Necessary and sufficient conditions for Jones derived Mueller matrices,” J. Mod. Opt. 45, 989–999 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Goudail, F.

Guyot, S.

M. Anastasiadou, S. Ben Hatit, R. Ossikovski, S. Guyot, and A. De Martino, “Experimental validation of the reverse polar decomposition of depolarizing Mueller matrices,” JEOS RP 2, 07018 (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]

Holm, W. A.

W. A. Holm and R. M. Barnes, “On radar polarization mixed target state decomposition techniques,” in IEEE 1988 National Radar Conference (IEEE, 1988), pp. 249–254.

Horn, R. A.

R. A. Horn and C. R. Johnson, Matrix Analysis (Cambridge University, 1985).

Johnson, C. R.

R. A. Horn and C. R. Johnson, Matrix Analysis (Cambridge University, 1985).

Kostinski, A. B.

C. R. Givens and A. B. Kostinski, “A simple necessary and sufficient condition on physically realizable Mueller matrices,” J. Mod. Opt. 40, 471–481 (1993).
[CrossRef]

A. B. Kostinski and R. C. Givens, “On the gain of a passive linear depolarizing system,” J. Mod. Opt. 39, 1947–1952(1992).
[CrossRef]

Lavoura, L.

L. Lavoura, “Parametrization of the four-generation quark mixing matrix by the moduli of its matrix elements,” Phys. Rev. D 40, 2440–2448 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Lu, S.-Y.

Mallesh, K. S.

A. V. Gopala Rao, K. S. Mallesh, and Sudha, “On the algebraic characterization of a Mueller matrix in polarization optics. I. Identifying a Mueller matrix from its N matrix,” J. Mod. Opt. 45, 955–987 (1998).
[CrossRef]

A. V. Gopala Rao, K. S. Mallesh, and Sudha, “On the algebraic characterization of a Mueller matrix in polarization optics. II. Necessary and sufficient conditions for Jones derived Mueller matrices,” J. Mod. Opt. 45, 989–999 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Melero, P. A.

J. J. Gil, J. M. Correas, P. A. Melero, and C. Ferreira, “Generalized polarization algebra,” Monografías del Seminario Matemático García de Galdeano 31, 161–167 (2004). Available from http://www.unizar.es/galdeano/actas_pau/PDFVIII/pp161-167.pdf .

J. M. Correas, P. A. Melero, and J. J. Gil, “Decomposition of Mueller matrices into pure optical media,” Monografías del Seminario Matemático García de Galdeano 27, 23–240 (2003). Available from http://www.unizar.es/galdeano/actas_pau/PDF/233.pdf .

Morio, J.

Ossikovski, R.

Pottier, E.

S. R. Cloude and E. Pottier, “A review of target decomposition theorems in radar polarimetry,” IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens. 34, 498–518 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Red’kov, V. M.

V. M. Red’kov, A. A. Bogush, and N. G. Tokarevskaya, “On Parametrization of the linear GL(4,C) and unitary SU(4) groups in terms of Dirac matrices,” SIGMA 4, 021 (2008).

San Jose, I.

I. San Jose 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]

Simon, R.

R. Sridhar and R. Simon, “Normal form for Mueller matrices in polarization optics,” J. Mod Opt. 41, 1903–1915 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Sridhar, R.

R. Sridhar and R. Simon, “Normal form for Mueller matrices in polarization optics,” J. Mod Opt. 41, 1903–1915 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Sudha,

A. V. Gopala Rao, K. S. Mallesh, and Sudha, “On the algebraic characterization of a Mueller matrix in polarization optics. II. Necessary and sufficient conditions for Jones derived Mueller matrices,” J. Mod. Opt. 45, 989–999 (1998).
[CrossRef]

A. V. Gopala Rao, K. S. Mallesh, and Sudha, “On the algebraic characterization of a Mueller matrix in polarization optics. I. Identifying a Mueller matrix from its N matrix,” J. Mod. Opt. 45, 955–987 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Tokarevskaya, N. G.

V. M. Red’kov, A. A. Bogush, and N. G. Tokarevskaya, “On Parametrization of the linear GL(4,C) and unitary SU(4) groups in terms of Dirac matrices,” SIGMA 4, 021 (2008).

Tudor, T.

T. Tudor, “Generalized observables in polarization optics,” J. Phys. A 36, 9577–9590 (2003).
[CrossRef]

van der Mee, C. V. M.

C. V. M. van der Mee, “An eigenvalue criterion for matrices transforming Stokes parameters,” J. Math. Phys. 34, 5072–5088 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Whitney, C.

Xing, Z.-F.

Z.-F. Xing, “On the deterministic and non-deterministic Mueller matrix,” J. Mod. Opt. 39, 461–484 (1992).
[CrossRef]

EPJ Appl. Phys. (1)

J. J. Gil, “Polarimetric characterization of light and media,” EPJ Appl. Phys. 40, 1–47 (2007).
[CrossRef]

EPJ Web Conf. (1)

J. J. Gil, “Parallel decompositions of Mueller matrices and polarimetric subtraction,” EPJ Web Conf. 5, 04002 (2010).
[CrossRef]

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S. R. Cloude and E. Pottier, “A review of target decomposition theorems in radar polarimetry,” IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens. 34, 498–518 (1996).
[CrossRef]

J. L. Alvarez-Perez, “Coherence, polarization, and statistical independence in Cloude–Pottier’s radar polarimetry,” IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens. 49, 426–441 (2011).
[CrossRef]

J. Math. Phys. (1)

C. V. M. van der Mee, “An eigenvalue criterion for matrices transforming Stokes parameters,” J. Math. Phys. 34, 5072–5088 (1993).
[CrossRef]

J. Mod Opt. (1)

R. Sridhar and R. Simon, “Normal form for Mueller matrices in polarization optics,” J. Mod Opt. 41, 1903–1915 (1994).
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