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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2003
  • pp: 2150–2152

Polychromatic polarization singularities

Isaac Freund  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 22, pp. 2150-2152 (2003)

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Elliptical polarization can appear in only monochromatic optical fields. In polychromatic vector fields the polarization is a Lissajous figure, but in only commensurate fields do the figures have well-defined shapes; in other fields the shapes are undefined. Nonetheless, I show that a given paraxial polychromatic vector field has a coherency ellipse field associated with it that contains polarization singularities and stationary points that are surrogates for the corresponding critical points of the parent optical field.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(030.6140) Coherence and statistical optics : Speckle
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.2130) Physical optics : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

Isaac Freund, "Polychromatic polarization singularities," Opt. Lett. 28, 2150-2152 (2003)

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