Effective state of polarization of photon-beam

Łukasz Michalik, Andrzej Domański


In the paper a quantum description of an effective state of polarization for an electromagnetic field containing variously polarized photons is presented. The discussion of the problem includes the quantum character of a single photon, comparison with a classical field, matrix description of photon polarization and physical interpretation of the Pauli representation of a density operator that represents photons in a statistical ensemble.

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