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23 December 1997 Decomposition of Mueller matrices
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We present an algorithm which decomposes a Mueller matrix into a sequence of three matrix factors: a diattenuator, followed by a retarder, then followed by a depolarizer. Those factors are unique except for singular Mueller matrices. Based upon this decomposition, the diattenuation and retardance of a Mueller matrix can be defined and computed. Thus, this algorithm is useful for performing data reduction upon experimentally determined Mueller matrices.
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Russell A. Chipman and Shih-Yau Lu "Decomposition of Mueller matrices", Proc. SPIE 3120, Wideband Interferometric Sensing and Imaging Polarimetry, (23 December 1997); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.283849
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