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Degree of polarization fading of light passing through birefringent medium with optical axis variation
Author(s): Piotr L. Makowski; Andrzej W. Domański
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Paper Abstract

Numerical implementation of Mueller-Stokes matrix calculus for polychromatic light is used to analyze and plainly illustrate polarization properties of multi-section linearly birefringent systems illuminated by the light of any spectrum profile. Numerical investigations are preceded by a detailed review of known concepts for modeling the depolarization phenomenon in anisotropic media. The numerical study examines efficiency of the Lyot depolarizer system undergoing variations from the optimal configuration. In addition, the power spectrum density profile and intrinsic polarization state of light passing through the system are considered as interesting degrees of freedom. The comparative analysis makes use of the degree of polarization and the depolarization index diagrams.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7745, Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments 2010, 77450J (15 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.873198
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Piotr L. Makowski, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Andrzej W. Domański, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7745:
Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments 2010
Ryszard S. Romaniuk, Editor(s)

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