FIZIKA A 17 (2008) 1 , 51-58

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University of The West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, The Department of Computer Science,
Mathematics and Physics, P.O. Box 64, Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies

Received 21 March 2007;   Accepted 14 May 2008
Online 25 September 2008

A simple transformation allows the construction of the real-valued Mueller matrix from the complex-valued Jones matrix. The transformation is tested on the Jones matrices of optical devices to produce the corresponding Mueller matrices. The Stokes vector is also deduced from the corresponding Jones vector.

PACS numbers: 42.00.00, 42.25.-p
UDC 535.51

Keywords: polarization of light, Jones matrix, Mueller matrix, unitary transformation

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