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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 27 — Sep. 20, 2007
  • pp: 6700–6709

Eigenanalysis of dichroic, birefringent, and degenerate polarization elements: a Jones-calculus study

Sergey N. Savenkov, Oleksiy I. Sydoruk, and Ranjan S. Muttiah  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 27, pp. 6700-6709 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.46.006700


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Abstract

A theoretical analysis of eigenpolarizations and eigenvalues pertaining to the Jones matrices of dichroic, birefringent, and degenerate polarization elements is presented. The analysis is carried out employing a general model of a polarization element. Expressions for the corresponding polarization elements are derived and analyzed. It is shown that, despite the presence of birefringence, a polarization element can, in a general case, demonstrate a totally dichroic behavior. Moreover, it is proved that birefringence necessarily accompanies dichroic elements with orthogonal eigenpolarizations. A transition between degenerate, dichroic, and birefringent eigenvalues is studied, and examples of synthesis of polarization elements are given.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.2130) Physical optics : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 8, 2007
Revised Manuscript: April 26, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 6, 2007
Published: September 11, 2007

Citation
Sergey N. Savenkov, Oleksiy I. Sydoruk, and Ranjan S. Muttiah, "Eigenanalysis of dichroic, birefringent, and degenerate polarization elements: a Jones-calculus study," Appl. Opt. 46, 6700-6709 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-46-27-6700

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