Kanseri, Bhaskar and Rath, Shyama and Kandpal, Hem Chandra (2009) Direct determination of the generalized Stokes parameters from the usual Stokes parameters. Optics Letters, 34 (6). pp. 719-721. ISSN 1539-4794

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We report an experimental method to determine the generalized Stokes parameters for a pair of points in the cross section of an electromagnetic beam, e.g., an expanded laser beam, with the help of a Young’s interferometer and a set of polarizers and quarter-wave plates. The method is investigated theoretically using the electromagnetic spectral interference law. The generalized Stokes parameters, owing to their two-point nature, determine the behavior of the single-point polarization properties of the electromagnetic beam at a field point. The present method offers a unique means to determine the two-point parameters (correlation functions) by measuring the usual Stokes parameters (intensities) and the contrast parameters (visibilities) of the beam. The method might be applicable to determine the polarization dependent changes in various optical measurements.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Optics
Depositing User: Ms Neetu Chandra
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2012 11:20
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2012 11:20
URI: http://npl.csircentral.net/id/eprint/452

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