Abstract

An arbitrary Mueller matrix can be decomposed into a sum of up to four deterministic Mueller–Jones matrices, with strengths given by the eigenvalues of an associated Hermitian matrix. A geometrical representation of the eigenvalues in terms of the matrix invariants, using a barycentric (quaternary) plot, is presented. Different polarization purity measures can be expressed in terms of the barycentric coordinates.

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