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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1098/rspa.2000.0660
ISSNs: 1364-5021 (print)
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Keywords: singularities, polarization, optics, Gaussian waves, randomness
ePrint ID: 29375
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Date Deposited: 11 May 2006
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 22:23
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/29375

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