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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2003
  • pp: 1475–1477

Optical polarization singularities and elliptic stationary points

Marat S. Soskin, Vladimir Denisenko, and Isaac Freund  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 16, pp. 1475-1477 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.28.001475


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Abstract

Polarization singularities and elliptic stationary points (collectively, elliptic critical points) were measured experimentally via the complex Stokes field S<sub>1</sub>+iS<sub>2</sub>, where S<sub>1</sub> and S<sub>2</sub> are Stokes parameters. This new, easily implemented method yielded detailed, high-resolution experimental data for all elliptic critical points. These data confirm with high precision the elliptic-field topological sign rule, loop rules, and Stokes singularity relations introduced recently.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(030.6140) Coherence and statistical optics : Speckle
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(350.5030) Other areas of optics : Phase
(350.7420) Other areas of optics : Waves

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Marat S. Soskin, Vladimir Denisenko, and Isaac Freund, "Optical polarization singularities and elliptic stationary points," Opt. Lett. 28, 1475-1477 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-28-16-1475


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