Abstract

The evolution equation is obtained for the state of polarization of partially polarized radiation propagating in a medium that is nonuniform and fully anisotropic, i.e., that presents both linear and circular birefringence as well as dichroism. The treatment covers the general case in which the characteristic polarizations are not necessarily orthogonal, such as occurs for propagation in a magnetized, dissipative plasma. The differential Mueller matrix that appears in the evolution equation is obtained explicitly for two particular cases. The resulting formalism is convenient for numerical integration.

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1999

S. E. Segre, “A review of plasma polarimetry,” Plasma Phys. Controlled Fusion 41, R57–R100 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1978

Aben, H.

H. Aben, Integrated Photoelasticity (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1979).

Azzam, R. M. A.

Budden, K. G.

K. G. Budden, Radio Waves in the Ionosphere (Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, UK, 1961).

Collett, E.

E. Collett, Polarized Light: Fundamentals and Applications (Dekker, New York, 1992).

Heald, M. A.

M. A. Heald, C. B. Wharton, Plasma Diagnostics with Microwaves (Wiley, New York, 1965).

Huard, S.

S. Huard, Polarization of Light (Wiley, New York, 1997).

McPhedran, R. C.

D. B. Melrose, R. C. McPhedran, Electromagnetic Processes in Dispersive Media (Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, UK, 1991).

Melrose, D. B.

D. B. Melrose, R. C. McPhedran, Electromagnetic Processes in Dispersive Media (Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, UK, 1991).

Segre, S. E.

Wharton, C. B.

M. A. Heald, C. B. Wharton, Plasma Diagnostics with Microwaves (Wiley, New York, 1965).

J. Opt. Soc. Am.

J. Opt. Soc. Am. A

Plasma Phys. Controlled Fusion

S. E. Segre, “A review of plasma polarimetry,” Plasma Phys. Controlled Fusion 41, R57–R100 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Other

S. Huard, Polarization of Light (Wiley, New York, 1997).

M. A. Heald, C. B. Wharton, Plasma Diagnostics with Microwaves (Wiley, New York, 1965).

K. G. Budden, Radio Waves in the Ionosphere (Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, UK, 1961).

H. Aben, Integrated Photoelasticity (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1979).

D. B. Melrose, R. C. McPhedran, Electromagnetic Processes in Dispersive Media (Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, UK, 1991).

E. Collett, Polarized Light: Fundamentals and Applications (Dekker, New York, 1992).

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