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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2012
  • pp: 2772–2774

Geometric representation for partial polarization in three dimensions

Colin J. R. Sheppard  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 14, pp. 2772-2774 (2012)

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Recently, we described a geometric construction for determining the eigenvalues of the coherency matrix in three dimensions. We show that this leads directly to a representation of the three-dimensional degree of polarization in terms of a triangular composition plot, in which different polarization measures have simple properties and can be expressed in terms of the matrix invariants. This composition plot is an alternative to the spherical plot recently used to illustrate the degree of polarization in terms of entanglement.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: February 7, 2012
Revised Manuscript: March 14, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 14, 2012
Published: July 3, 2012

Colin J. R. Sheppard, "Geometric representation for partial polarization in three dimensions," Opt. Lett. 37, 2772-2774 (2012)

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