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Unified formalism for treating polarization effects using Stokes parameters and the Lorentz group
Author(s): Charles S. Brown
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, a unified formalism for treating polarization effects in single mode optical fibers is presented. Central to this approach is the utilization of operator and group theory techniques to exploit the analogy that exists between the dichroism and birefringence elements of the Mueller matrix of polarization optics, and the boost and rotation generators, respectively, of the Lorentz transformation of special relativity. This formalism incorporates the other popular polarization formalism (i.e., the Jones, the coherency (or density) matrix, and the Mueller formalisms) into a single unified formalism. Moreover, the formalism extends the range of exactly solvable models by providing a new and straightforward method of calculating both the deterministic and the stochastic Mueller operators for a number of useful cases.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 December 1992
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1746, Polarization Analysis and Measurement, (11 December 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.138787
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Charles S. Brown, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1746:
Polarization Analysis and Measurement
Dennis H. Goldstein; Russell A. Chipman, Editor(s)

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