Spectral analysis of device (instrument) operators, as an alternative approach to dynamic polarization phenomena, is presented by means of the example of a classical time-varying optical device: the rotating bi refringent plate. The mutual coherence matrices of right and left circularly polarized light are emphasized in the spectral structure of the rotating-plate matrix, and their physical significance is analyzed.
© 2001 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 8, 2000
Revised Manuscript: October 19, 2000
Manuscript Accepted: October 26, 2000
Published: April 1, 2001
Tiberiu Tudor, "Spectral analysis of device operators: the rotating birefringent plate," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 926-931 (2001)