Decomposition of Mueller matrices of scattering media: Theory and experiment

R. Ossikovski


Algebraic decomposition of Mueller matrices is a particularly promising approach to the retrieval of the optical properties of the medium investigated in a polarized light scattering experiment. Various decompositions of generally depolarizing Mueller matrices are revisited and discussed. Both classic as well as recently proposedapproaches are reviewed. Physical and mathematical aspects such as depolarization and limits of applicability are comparatively addressed. Experimental matrices of scattering media are decomposed by different methodologies and physically interpreted.


Mueller matrix, decomposition, depolarization

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