Polarization of Light Serge Huard École Nationale Supérieure de Physique de Marseille, France The study, and understanding, of the polarization of light is becoming increasingly important in a number of disciplines in the optical sciences. A sound knowledge of the subject is needed, for example, in the study of laser physics, nonlinear optics, and optical waveguides. Polarization of Light, aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as researchers active in the optical sciences, introduces the reader to the basics of polarized light representation. It discusses the propagation of light through anisotropic media, the mathematical formalism used and included anisotropy, and concludes with chapters discussing practical components and devices, and polarization phenomena in guided optics. Polarization of Light will be extremely useful both as a detailed introduction to the subject for students of optical physics, and also as a reference source for students and more advanced researchers in the field.
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