Polarized Light

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CRC Press, 19.12.2017 - 808 Seiten

Polarized light is a pervasive influence in our world—and scientists and engineers in a variety of fields require the tools to understand, measure, and apply it to their advantage. Offering an in-depth examination of the subject and a description of its applications, Polarized Light, Third Edition serves as a comprehensive self-study tool complete with an extensive mathematical analysis of the Mueller matrix and coverage of Maxwell’s equations.

Links Historical Developments to Current Applications and Future Innovations

This book starts with a general description of light and continues with a complete exploration of polarized light, including how it is produced and its practical applications. The author incorporates basic topics, such as polarization by refraction and reflection, polarization elements, anisotropic materials, polarization formalisms (Mueller–Stokes and Jones) and associated mathematics, and polarimetry, or the science of polarization measurement.

New to the Third Edition:

  • A new introductory chapter
  • Chapters on: polarized light in nature, and form birefringence
  • A review of the history of polarized light, and a chapter on the interference laws of Fresnel and Arago—both completely re-written
  • A new appendix on conventions used in polarized light
  • New graphics, and black-and-white photos and color plates

Divided into four parts, this book covers the fundamental concepts and theoretical framework of polarized light. Next, it thoroughly explores the science of polarimetry, followed by discussion of polarized light applications. The author concludes by discussing how our polarized light framework is applied to physics concepts, such as accelerating charges and quantum systems.

Building on the solid foundation of the first two editions, this book reorganizes and updates existing material on fundamentals, theory, polarimetry, and applications. It adds new chapters, graphics, and color photos, as well as a new appendix on conventions used in polarized light. As a result, the author has re-established this book’s lofty status in the pantheon of literature on this important field.

 

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Inhalt

Chapter 1 Introduction
3
Chapter 2 Polarization in the Natural Environment
9
Chapter 3 Wave Equation in Classical Optics
31
Chapter 4 The Polarization Ellipse
49
Chapter 5 Stokes Polarization Parameters
59
Chapter 6 Mueller Matrices for Polarizing Components
93
Derivation and Mueller Matrix Formulation
117
Chapter 8 Mathematics of the Mueller Matrix
149
Chapter 22 Optics of Metals
471
Chapter 23 Polarization Optical Elements
503
Chapter 24 Ellipsometry
529
Chapter 25 Form Birefringence and Meanderline Retarders
569
Part IV Classical and Quantum Theory of Radiation by Accelerating Charges
573
Chapter 26 Introduction to Classical and Quantum Theory of Radiation by Accelerating Charges
575
Chapter 27 Maxwells Equations for Electromagnetic Fields
577
Chapter 28 The Classical Radiation Field
583

Chapter 9 Mueller Matrices for Dielectric Plates
177
Chapter 10 The Jones Matrix Formalism
201
Chapter 11 The Poincaré Sphere
233
Chapter 12 FresnelArago Interference Laws
267
Part II Polarimetry
279
Chapter 13 Introduction
281
Chapter 14 Methods of Measuring Stokes Polarization Parameters
283
Chapter 15 Measurement of the Characteristics of Polarizing Elements
311
Chapter 16 Stokes Polarimetry
327
Chapter 17 Mueller Matrix Polarimetry
353
Chapter 18 Techniques in Imaging Polarimetry
377
Chapter 19 Channeled Polarimetry for Snapshot Measurements
401
Part III Applications
435
Chapter 20 Introduction
437
Chapter 21 Crystal Optics
439
Chapter 29 Radiation Emitted by Accelerating Charges
595
Chapter 30 Radiation of an Accelerating Charge in the Electromagnetic Field
607
Chapter 31 The Classical Zeeman Effect
627
Chapter 32 Further Applications of the Classical Radiation Theory
645
Chapter 33 The Stokes Parameters and Mueller Matrices for Optical Activity and Faraday Rotation
679
Chapter 34 Stokes Parameters for Quantum Systems
695
Conventions in Polarized Light
723
Jones and Stokes Vectors
725
Jones and Mueller Matrices
727
Relationships between the Jones and Mueller Matrix Elements
731
Vector Representation of the Optical Field Application to Optical Activity
733
Bibliography
745
Back cover
763
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Über den Autor (2017)

Dr. Dennis Goldstein is a senior physicist with Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc., following a 28-year career in electro-optics research at the Air Force Research Laboratory. He is a fellow of SPIE and AFRL, and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona and University of Florida. He also teaches short courses for the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition to Polarized Light, Dr. Goldstein has published more than 70 papers and technical reports, and two book chapters. He holds six patents.

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