In the frame of a vectorial, pure operatorial (nonmatrix) Pauli algebraic approach to the action of the polarization devices on the polarized incident light, we obtain the analytic equation of the ellipsoid into which a deterministic device deforms any Poincaré sphere corresponding to incident light of a given degree of polarization. On the basis of this equation, some graphical representations of the ellipsoid of the output polarization states are given, offering a better characterization of the global action of deterministic devices.
© 2011 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 22, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 8, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 13, 2010
Published: March 2, 2011
Tiberiu Tudor and Vladimir Manea, "Ellipsoid of the polarization degree: a vectorial, pure operatorial Pauli algebraic approach," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 28, 596-601 (2011)