Optical properties filtering using Mueller's formalism: Application to laser imaging
Authors: Guyot, S; Vézien, C; Clairac, B; Fontas, B
Source: Optik International Journal for Light and Electron Optics, Volume 114, Number 7, November 2003 , pp. 289-297(9)
Publisher: Urban & Fischer
Abstract:This paper explains a new method of extracting polarimetric data from a Mueller matrix. Indeed, the main difficulty of this formalism lies in the extraction of the polarimetric coefficients and their relation to the physical properties of the medium observed. Therefore, a method enabling this extraction and optimizing the results in 1D as well as in imaging is proposed here.Each matrix can be decomposed into a product of three “optical properties matrices. Due to the non-commutative matrices product, each matrix can be decomposed into several decompositions. The criteria for a general decomposition in 1D will first be examined before moving onto images showing that the commutation in the decomposition can be used to filter optical properties in 2D.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2003-11-01