Mueller Matrix Polarimetry in Material Science, Biomedical and Environmental Applications

  • Sergey N. Savenkov
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This chapter describes approaches to understanding the physics of the interaction of polarized beams with natural scenes and to searching for informative and useful polarimetric discriminants to identify objects of various natures in optical and radar polarimetry. We start with a general introduction to the Mueller polarimetry. In particular, the multiplicative and additive matrix models of deterministic and depolarizing objects are discussed. Then, several important applications of optical and radar polarimetry, including biomedical tissues, vegetation, soil, atmosphere, oil and chemical contaminations, and man-made targets, are considered.


Polar Decomposition Linear Birefringence Stokes Vector Mueller Matrix Jones Matrix 
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  1. 1.Department of RadiophysicsKyiv Taras Shevchenko UniversityKyivUkraine

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