Polarized Light

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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Preface to the Third Edition
FresnelArago Interference Laws
Polarization in the Natural Environment
Wave Equation in Classical Optics
The Polarization Ellipse
Stokes Polarization Parameters
Mueller Matrices for Polarizing Components
Polarization Optical Elements
Mathematics of the Mueller Matrix
Form Birefringence and Meanderline Retarders
Introduction to Classical and Quantum Theory
The Classical Radiation Field
Radiation Emitted by Accelerating Charges
Radiation of an Accelerating Charge in

Derivation and Mueller
Mueller Matrices for Dielectric Plates
The Jones Matrix Formalism
The Poincaré Sphere
Law of Sines in Spherical Trigonometry
Measurement of the Characteristics
Stokes Polarimetry
Mueller Matrix Polarimetry
Techniques in Imaging Polarimetry
Channeled Polarimetry for Snapshot
Optics of Metals
Accelerating Charges
The Classical Zeeman Effect
Further Applications of the Classical Radiation
The Stokes Parameters and Mueller Matrices
Stokes Parameters for Quantum Systems
Conventions in Polarized Light
Vector Representation of the Optical Field
Polarized Light

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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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