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Polarization singularities in isotropic random vector waves

Berry, M.V. and Dennis, M.R. (2001) Polarization singularities in isotropic random vector waves Proceedings of the Royal Society of London A, 457, (2005), pp. 141-155. (doi:10.1098/rspa.2000.0660).

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Following Nye & Hajnal, we explore the geometry of complex vector waves by regarding them as a field of polarization ellipses. Singularities of this field are the C lines and L lines, where the polarization is purely circular and purely linear, respectively. The singularities can be reinterpreted as loci of photon spin 1 (C lines) and 0 (L lines). For Gaussian random superpositions of plane waves equidistributed in direction but with an arbitrary frequency spectrum, we calculate the density (length per unit volume) of C and L lines.

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Published date: 2001
Keywords: singularities, polarization, optics, Gaussian waves, randomness


Local EPrints ID: 29375
ISSN: 1364-5021
PURE UUID: 68d07ded-4ee2-43dc-89bd-9ae2e005ae7b

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Date deposited: 11 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:58

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Author: M.V. Berry
Author: M.R. Dennis

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