The problem of spectral analysis of polarized light. Some cases in polychromatic and coherent optics
Abstract
The description of the polarized light and of the optical component effects in the time domain is extended in the frequency domain. It therefore follows that Jones matrices are transfer matrices. Coherency matrices, Stokes vectors and Mueller matrices are corresponding respectively with spectral energetic density matrices, spectral Stokes vectors and spectral Mueller matrices. Spectral polarization change of light is studied in three different cases: the rotating depolarizer ellipsometry in order to explain the effect of the depolarizing retardation plate; the retardation plate set in a FabryPerot interferometer; the holography in polarized light. The restored wave is given as a function of the spectral energetic densities of the recording lightsource.
 Publication:

Journal of Optics
 Pub Date:
 February 1979
 DOI:
 10.1088/0150536X/10/1/002
 Bibcode:
 1979JOpt...10...13V
 Keywords:

 Holography;
 Linear Systems;
 Optics;
 Polarized Light;
 Spectrum Analysis;
 Birefringence;
 Coherent Light;
 Color;
 Depolarization;
 FabryPerot Interferometers;
 Matrices (Mathematics);
 Wave Front Reconstruction;
 Instrumentation and Photography