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Universal SU(2) gadget for polarization optics

Simon, R and Mukunda, N (1989) Universal SU(2) gadget for polarization optics. In: Physics Letters A, 138 (9). pp. 474-480.

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We present a design of a universal gadget, consisting of two half-wave plates and two quarter-wave plates coaxially mounted, which can realize every SU (2) polarization optical transformation; to realize a given SU (2) element one simply has to rotate these plates about the common axis to angular positions characteristic of the element. The design is also geometrically interpreted in terms of Hamilton's theory of turns for the group SU (2).

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Physics Letters A
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Centre for Theoretical Studies (Ceased to exist at the end of 2003)
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2010 08:14
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 06:13
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/31239

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