Singular value analysis of the Mueller matrix in comparison with eigenvalue analysis of the coherency matrix in polarization characterization of media

Arezoo Zakeri, Mohammad Hossein Miran Baygi, Khosro Madanipour

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Abstract

Singular values of the arbitrary Mueller matrix are determined to be indicators of some polarization properties of the medium such as depolarization and diattenuation. Whereas eigenvalue analysis of the coherency matrix may wrongly characterize media with simultaneous strong depolarization and diattenuation effects. The comparison between the patterns of changes in singular-value and eigenvalue trends of the coherency matrix in experimental Mueller matrices, shows that singular values of the Mueller matrix are more capable of discriminating media with close degrees of depolarization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7859-7866
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Optics
Volume52
Issue number33
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2013

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