To honor OSA's centennial, JOSA A Centennial Editor Bahaa Saleh selected articles from a variety of topic areas that reflect the progression of each area over the journal's history. Below is a collection of articles in the area of Polarization and Ellipsometry.
Note that this selection of articles is not meant to be exhaustive but authoritative, showing that significant contributions were made and continue to be made in this area.
I am very pleased to offer our readers our first list of centennials editor's pick articles, compiled by former JOSA A Editor-in-Chief and current Centennial Editor, Bahaa Saleh. This list on polarization and ellipsometry delves into our history, beginning in 1936. In that year the Maxwellian theory that light is an electromagnetic phenomenon was a spry 71 years old. Later in the list we find a seminal paper by Mueller of the famous Mueller matrices, a topic that reappears decades later in our list in JOSA A papers. Finally, we see the fundamental physical insight of the vector theory of light bear fruit in engineering and measurement of thin films in the 1962 paper by Archer. I hope you will take the time to explore the roots of our very active modern research community in polarization and ellipsometry, using these articles as a jumping-off point.
P. Scott Carney
JOSA A Editor-in-Chief