POLARIZED LIGHT: A PRACTICAL
An On-Site Course; Available
in 1 and 1.5 day formats
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This course, presented by Dr. R. A. Fisher, will cover beginning and
intermediate topics in polarized light. Emphasis will be placed upon simple,
clear explanations, taking examples from everyday experiences. The presentations
will utilize numerous demonstrations, including "hands-on" activities.
The course will be equally suitable for photographic enthusiasts, technical
personnel, managers, and technicians. Each attendee will receive
two linear polarizers, a circular polarizer, a quarter-wave plate, and
a half-wave plate.
Considerable material will be appropriate for those who wish to become
familiar with the fundamentals. Attendees will learn to appreciate
a light beam's "polarization degree of freedom," and attendees will learn
how to use various polarization-modifying elements (linear polarizers,
half-wave plates, Faraday rotators, etc.) to convert the beam's state of
polarization from one form to another. There will be a strong emphasis
on assuring that each participant retains a well-founded visualization
of each concept, and the reliance upon mathematics will be kept to a minimum.
Discussions will include:
Each idea is explained in clear and simple terms with an emphasis on underlying
physical principles and without a reliance upon mathematics. Pertinent
references and review material are identified. The course notes contain
copies of each vuegraph used during the day so that participants can spend
a maximum amount of time listening and understanding.
Linear polarizers and states of linear polarization
Mechanical strains in transparent materials
The concept of orthogonality
Circularly polarized light
The concept of state vectors and the use of matrices
The reflective properties of polarized light
Selected applications (including laser switchouts and laser amplifier isolation)
Transformation of representations
Faraday rotation and Faraday isolation
How to find the c-axis of a crystal
The Poincaire sphere
The Jones mathematical formalism (1.5 day version only)
Statistical issues of partial polarization (1.5 day version only) including
Stokes vectors amd Mueller Matrices
Each participant will receive a course notebook showing each vuegraph
used during the day.
This course will enable you to:
Understand the different states of pure polarization.
Understand how to convert one state of polarization to another.
Measure a given beam's state of polarization.
Know how the different polarization-modifying elements (Half-wave plate,
Quarter-wave plate, Faraday rotator, etc.) operate.
Apply the proper polarization-modifying element to alter the state or polarization
of a polarized beam.
Learn how polarization changes upon reflection.
Understand the difference between optical activity and Faraday rotation.
Appreciate the interference of two orthogonally polarized beams.
Appreciate the many practical applications associated with the control
of the state of polarization.
Specify what polarization element will be suitable for a particular function.
Develop a fundamental picture of the meaning of circularly polarized light.
Scientists, engineers, technicians, photographic enthusiasts, and managers
who need a fundamental understanding of polarized light.
Continuing Education Units (CEU's) available upon request.
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