Any difference between “Mueller matrix” and “Scattering matrix”?

Any difference between “Mueller matrix” and “Scattering matrix”?


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Saurabh Koranglekar
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2 years ago
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Vikas TU
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2 years ago
The term "scattering matrix" is more general because it may be used for more general objects. For example, in particle physics, the ∞×∞ matrix encoding all possible transitions between the initial state of particles and the final state of particles is known as the S-matrix which may also be expanded as "the scattering matrix" (due to contributions of John Wheeler) although some fans of German science could argue that the name spread with Werner Heisenberg and his word "Streumatrix".

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