A classical model for depolarization through decoherent superposition of dipoles

Apr 15

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Physics 128


Professor Kurt Hingerl

Abstract: A finite spectral resolution and/or an imperfectly collimated beam /and or an (areal) extended light source / and or an (areal) extended detector and/ or a sample with a varying thickness can produce depolarization in any polarization measurement. However, despite these experimental findings, there are to our knowledge no physical models published which trace the origin of depolarization back to the atomic properties. Therefore, in the talk I will explain crosspolarization - and subsequently depolarization by considering the common- not separable- effect between the light beam and the sample, described by coherence length and coherence area.


Day, Bethany