Polarized Light and Optical Measurement

Polarized Light and Optical Measurement

International Series of Monographs in Natural Philosophy

1st Edition - January 1, 1971

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  • Authors: D. Clarke, J.F. Grainger
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483159256

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Polarized Light and Optical Measurement is a five-chapter book that begins with a self-consistent conceptual picture of the phenomenon of polarization. Chapter 2 describes a number of interactions of light and matter used in devising optical elements in polarization studies. Specific optical elements are given in Chapter 3. The last two chapters explore the measurement of the state of polarization and the various roles played in optical instrumentation by polarization and polarization-sensitive elements. This book will provide useful information in this field of interest for research workers, postgraduate students, as well as undergraduate students.

Table of Contents

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    Chapter 1. The Description of Polarized Light

    1.1. Introduction

    1.2. On the Nature of Light

    1.3. Mathematical Methods

    1.3.1. Introduction

    1.3.2. The Jones Vector

    1.3.3. The Stokes Parameters

    1.3.4. The Mueller Calculus

    1.3.5. The Poincaré Sphere

    1.4. Conclusion

    Chapter 2. Some Interactions of Light and Matter

    2.1. Introduction

    2.2. Reflection

    2.2.1. Reflection by Dielectrics

    2.2.2. Reflection by Metals

    2.3. Transmission

    2.3.1. Isotropic Media

    2.3.2. Anisotropic Media

    2.4. Absorption

    Chapter 3. Optical Elements Used in Polarization Studies

    3.1. Introduction

    3.2. Polarizers

    3.2.1. Birefringent Polarizers

    3.2.2. Reflection Polarizers

    3.2.3. Dichroic Polarizers

    3.3. Retarders

    3.3.1. Birefringent Retarders

    3.3.2. Reflection Retarders

    3.4. Other Devices

    Chapter 4. Measurement of the State of Polarization

    4.1. Introduction

    4.2. Measurement of the State of Polarization

    4.2.1. General Considerations

    4.2.2. Linear Polarization Measurement

    4.2.3. Elliptical Polarization Measurement

    4.2.4. Spectral Measurements

    Chapter 5. The Role of Polarization in Optical Instrumentation

    5.1. Introduction

    5.2. Intensity Control

    5.3. Bandwidth Control

    5.4. Polarizational Labeling

    5.5. Polarizing Effects in Measuring Instruments

    Appendix I. Historical Notes on Polarization

    Appendix II. Matrix Multiplication



Product details

  • No. of pages: 198
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1971
  • Published: January 1, 1971
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483159256

About the Authors

D. Clarke

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Consultant Physician, Stirling Royal Infirmary NHS Trust, Stirling, UK

J.F. Grainger

About the Editor

D. Ter Haar

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