Abstract

The depolarizing properties of a generic Mueller matrix are synthesized from a corresponding nondepolarizing reference Mueller matrix, which is appropriately factorized and transformed by sequentially adjusting the values of three indices of polarimetric purity (IPP) [Opt. Commun. 284, 38 (2011)]. This procedure allows generating type-I and type-II arbitrary Mueller matrices from an adequate choice of the reference Mueller matrix and, by reducing, in a consistent way, the starting 1-valued IPP. This synthesis procedure also provides better understanding of the sources and structure of depolarization.

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