• Impossibility of a continuous phase convention for polarised light

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      Poincare sphere; polarised light

    • Abstract


      The possibility of extending the well known Poincare sphere representation of polarised light to include phase is considered. Any attempt to define the zero of phase for each vibration represented on the Poincare sphere runs into discontinuities at at least one point. These are shown to be inevitable using a topological argument.

    • Author Affiliations


      Rajaram Nityananda1

      1. Raman Research Institute, Bangalore - 560 006
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  • Pramana – Journal of Physics | News

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