Stokes parameters representation of the light propagation equations in inhomogeneous anisotropic, optically active media
Abstract
A simple expression is obtained by using the Stokes parameters and transforming the light propagation equations derived by the authors in a weakly inhomogeneous anisotropic active medium. By applying the transformation to photoelasticity it is shown that Aben's equations reduce to ϖS/ϖx _{3} = Ω × S , where S is the polarization vector propagating through the photoelastic medium, x_{3} is the distance traveled along the propagation direction and Ω = (C(σ _{11}  σ _{22}) 2Cσ _{12} 0)(σ _{jp}, stress tensor components: C, constant), Ω is a vector representing the stressinduced optical properties of the medium which influence the polarization vector. On the basis of the expression obtained it will be convenient to evaluate a stress tensor field in a photoelastic model by measuring the Stokes parameters.
 Publication:

Optics Communications
 Pub Date:
 September 1980
 DOI:
 10.1016/00304018(80)903831
 Bibcode:
 1980OptCo..34..306K
 Keywords:

 Anisotropic Media;
 Light Transmission;
 Parameterization;
 Photoelasticity;
 Stokes Law;
 Transformations (Mathematics);
 Wave Equations;
 Inhomogeneity;
 Maxwell Equation;
 Optical Activity;
 Optical Polarization;
 Polarization Characteristics;
 Stress Tensors;
 Optics