Depolarization of circularly polarized light in birefringent crystal

Andrzej W Domański, Marcin Redek, Daniel Budaszewski


In the paper we consider a depolarization phenomenon of light with partial temporal coherence and circular state of polarization passing through birefringent medium. In order to describe degree of polarization changes of light passing through birefringent crystal we use the Mueller Stokes matrix formalism extended by additional depolarization matrix. Results of experimental tests of theoretical predictions are presented as well.

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Photonics Letters of Poland - A Publication of the Photonics Society of Poland
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ISSN: 2080-2242