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Solving this set of trigonometric equations

  1. Aug 18, 2015 #1
    I have the following set of equations from which I need to find δ and φ uniquely (i.e without quadrant ambiguity).
    In other words I need to have expressions for tan δ and tan φ involving A,B,C and D which are known quantities.

    A=1-sin(squared) δ/2 x sin 4φ
    B=1+sin(squared) δ/2 x sin 4φ
    C= [sin(squared) δ/2].[1+cos 4φ]
    D=2-[sin(squared) δ/2].[1+cos 4φ]

    From this I find that φ=(1/2) tan (inverse) [(B-A)/2C].
    I cannot find a similar expression for δ or δ/2. I can find it as a cos(inverse) function, but the quadrant anomaly remains.
    My question is, Is it at all possible to evaluate δ or δ/2 uniquely (without quadrant ambiguity) from the above set of equations? These are expressions I obtained for a birefringence measurement system involving phase δ and direction of birefringence φ which needs to be evaluated unambiguiously.

    Will be thankful for any help.
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  3. Aug 18, 2015 #2
    What is quadratic ambiguity?

    Did you try D/C?
  4. Aug 19, 2015 #3
    I mean quadrant ambiguity, i,e., if we have an expression of the form tan x =a/b, the signs of a and b determine
    in which of the 4 quadrants the x lie.
  5. Aug 19, 2015 #4
    You need not use quadrant ambiguity, you can do it by simple substitutions, and using trigonometric equations
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