The implications of time symmetry on the relation between forward and backward propagation of polarized optical fields are discussed making use of a newly developed formalism. The constraints imposed by spatial symmetries to the effect of static fields on a medium birefringence are elucidated. Special cases are the Faraday effect and the Cotton–Mouton effect. Compensation of round-trip birefringence is finally investigated.
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Antonio Mecozzi and Cristian Antonelli, "Unified Treatment of Forward and Backward Propagating Polarized Lightwaves," J. Lightwave Technol. 29, 642-655 (2011)