We describe some of the milestones, of the past three centuries, along the road towards increased understanding of polarization optics. The story is divided into four main steps, from Bartholinus to Wolf.
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(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
C. Brosseau, "Polarization and Coherence Optics: Historical Perspective, Status and Future Directions," in Frontiers in Optics 2008/Laser Science XXIV/Plasmonics and Metamaterials/Optical Fabrication and Testing, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2008), paper SWB2.
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