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.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* Starts at a basic level and develops tools for research problems * Discusses practical devices for controlling polarized light * Compares the Jones, Mueller, and Poincaré sphere methods of analysis


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

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.


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© 1990
Academic Press
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About the authors

David Kliger

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Santa Cruz

James Lewis

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Santa Cruz


@qu:"Very well written, and recommended for all undergraduate and graduate library collections." @source:--CHOICE @qu:"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." @source:--SPECTROSCOPY