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Propagation of partially polarized light

Svirko, Yu.P. and Zheludev, N.I. (1994) Propagation of partially polarized light Physical Review A, 50, (1), pp. 709-803.

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We present a general formalism describing the evolution of partially polarized light propagating in a medium with cubic nonlinearity. Within the ergodic approximation we found that totally polarized coherent single-mode light remains totally polarized, irrespective of the type of optical medium. Partially polarized light consisting of a mixture of a coherent component with a random one preserves its degree of polarization in a dissipation-free medium with isotropic nonlinearity, while only linear or nonlinear dissipation may lead to alteration of the degree of polarization. We also found that in some crystal symmetry point groups, a time-nonreversible optical response may be the only reason for an alteration of the degree of polarization.

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Published date: 1994


Local EPrints ID: 78219
ISSN: 1050-2947
PURE UUID: 9766fbd0-07e9-496b-8510-d4555fd1f736

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Date deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:25

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Author: Yu.P. Svirko
Author: N.I. Zheludev

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