Jones Matrix Formulation

Table of Contents:

  1. Jones Matrix Calculus
  2. Example: Half-Wave Plate
  3. Example: Quarter-Wave Plate


In most materials used in waveplates and polarizers, the crystal medium is a uniaxial crystal.

With a light beam in a polarization state described by the Jones vector:

\begin{equation} V = \begin{pmatrix} V_x \\ V_y \end{pmatrix} \end{equation}

We can decompose this light into a linear combination of

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