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Non-uniformly polarized beams across their transverse profiles: an introductory study for undergraduate optics courses

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Piquero Sanz, Gemma María and Vargas Balbuena, Javier (2004) Non-uniformly polarized beams across their transverse profiles: an introductory study for undergraduate optics courses. European Journal of Physics, 25 (6). pp. 793-800. ISSN 0143-0807

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0143-0807/25/6/011


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Abstract

We provide a simple theoretical study of beams non-uniformly polarized across their transverse sections which can be introduced in undergraduate optics courses. In order to generate such beams we propose to use a slightly convergent (or divergent) linearly and uniformly polarized beam impinging on an anisotropic uniaxial material with the beam propagation direction along the optic axis. Analytical expressions for the Jones vector, Stokes parameters, ellipticity and azimuth at each point of the transverse section, perpendicular to the propagation direction, are obtained at the output of this system. By means of these parameters a detailed description of the state of polarization across the transverse profile is given.


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©2004 IOP Publishing Ltd.
One of the authors (G P) acknowledges support from project BFM2001-1356 of the Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología of Spain.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Stokes Parameters, Semiconductor-Laser
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Optics
ID Code:23377
Deposited On:29 Oct 2013 13:18
Last Modified:07 Feb 2014 11:01

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