Abstract

In the frame of a vectorial, pure operatorial (nonmatrix) Pauli algebraic approach to the action of the polarization devices on the polarized incident light, we obtain the analytic equation of the ellipsoid into which a deterministic device deforms any Poincaré sphere corresponding to incident light of a given degree of polarization. On the basis of this equation, some graphical representations of the ellipsoid of the output polarization states are given, offering a better characterization of the global action of deterministic devices.

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