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  • Vol. 22, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 1997
  • pp: 206–208

Spatial characterization of general partially polarized beams

R. Martínez-Herrero, P. M. Mejías, and J. M. Movilla  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 22, Issue 4, pp. 206-208 (1997)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.22.000206


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Abstract

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)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-22-4-206

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