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Deriving Stokes parameters for polarization

  1. May 20, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Hello i am trying to write the Stokes parameters as the amplitude of the averaged EM-wave

    We know the stokes parameters are {I,M,C,S} or {S0,S1,S2,S3} thus a column vector.

    And S0 is defined as S0=<E2x0>T+<E2y0>T

    S0 i understand how it was derived since Filter 0 is an isotropic filter it doesnt have any direction preference.

    But now comes my problem i`m attempting to derive

    S1 =<E2x0>T-<E2y0>T

    2. Relevant equations

    Eq1 S0=2I0
    Eq2 S1=2I1-2I0

    Whereby I1 is the transmitted irradiance through a horizontal polarizing filter.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    We know I0=(1/2)*(<E2x0>T+<E2y0>T)

    and I1=(1/2)*<E2x0>T

    Thus if i now substitute I0 and I1 into Eq 2 i get S1=-<E2y0>T where as it is supposed to be


    I think the problem sits in the definitions of I0 and I1 so if you see which thinking step im doing wrong i would appreciate your help.
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  3. May 25, 2015 #2
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