Abstract

The polarization states of light incident on and emerging from an optical system are represented by complex numbers χ¯ and ξ¯, respectively, in two different planes. In this representation, the input–output transfer function ξ¯=f(χ¯) is a conformal bilinear transformation with coefficients given by the elements of the system’s Jones matrix. From the known properties of the bilinear transformation, important conclusions can be reached on the response of optical systems to incident light of all possible polarization forms. In addition, the analysis appears to have considerable potential in the synthesis of systems to effect a prescribed polarization transfer. As an example, the ellipsometer is analyzed by use of some of the ideas developed.

© 1972 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article
OSA Recommended Articles
Ellipsometric Measurement of the Polarization Transfer Function of an Optical System*

R. M. A. Azzam and N. M. Bashara
J. Opt. Soc. Am. 62(3) 336-340 (1972)

Loci of Invariant-Azimuth and Invariant-Ellipticity Polarization States of an Optical System

R. M. A. Azzam and N. M. Bashara
Appl. Opt. 12(1) 62-67 (1973)

Simplified Approach to the Propagation of Polarized Light in Anisotropic Media—Application to Liquid Crystals*

R. M. A. Azzam and N. M. Bashara
J. Opt. Soc. Am. 62(11) 1252-1257 (1972)

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (5)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Tables (2)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article tables are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (34)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription