Stokes Parameters for the Superposition of Two Slightly Noncollinear Light Beams with Orthogonal Polarizations

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This Demonstration shows the effect of the parameters , , on two superposed slightly noncollinear electromagnetic field beams with orthogonal polarizations. The polarization vectors of the beams are given by and , while their amplitude ratio is parametrized by . The spatially variable polarization state is given by the equation in terms of the great circle .

Contributed by: B. M. Rodríguez-Lara and I. Ricardez-Vargas (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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This Demonstration is the interactive version of Fig. 2 presented in the article by B. M. Rodriguez-Lara and I. Ricardez-Vargas, "Interference with Polarized Light Beams: Generation of Spatially Varying Polarization".



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