Polarized Light in Optics and Spectroscopy


  • David Kliger, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • James Lewis, University of California, Santa Cruz

This comprehensive introduction to polarized light provides students and researchers with the background and the specialized knowledge needed to fully utilize polarized light. It provides a basic introduction to the interaction of light with matter for those unfamiliar with photochemistry and photophysics. An in-depth discussion of polarizing optics is also given. Different analytical techniques are introduced and compared and introductions to the use of polarized light in various forms of spectroscopy are provided.
View full description


Graduate students and researchers in chemistry, physics, and biophysics; optical engineers, photochemists, and spectroscopists.


Book information

  • Published: June 1990
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-414975-5


"Very well written, and recommended for all undergraduate and graduate library collections."

"Overall, this monograph is a good resource for anyone working with polarized light. It may even be suitable as a textbook for an advanced undergraduate physics course."

Table of Contents

The Nature of Light. Polarization Properties of Light. Devices for Control of Polarized Light. Introduction to the Jones Calculus, Mueller Calculus and Poincaré Sphere. The Jones Calculus, Mueller Calculus and Poincaré Sphere Revisited. Spectroscopy with Polarized Light. Orientation and Photoselection Effects. Polarized Light in Condensed Phases. Appendixes. Index.