The spatial characterization of light beams given in terms of intensity moments is extended to partially polarized beams by means of a generalization of the Stokes–Mueller formalism. A simple classification scheme of partially polarized fields is proposed, and laws of propagation through nonpolarizing and polarizing optical systems are provided. Some invariant parameters are also investigated.
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R. Martínez-Herrero, P. M. Mejías, and J. M. Movilla, "Spatial characterization of general partially polarized beams," Opt. Lett. 22, 206-208 (1997)