Informational Limits in Optical Polarimetry and Vectorial Imaging

  • Matthew R.¬†Foreman

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

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About this book


Central to this thesis is the characterisation and exploitation of electromagnetic properties of light in imaging and measurement systems. To this end an information theoretic approach is used to formulate a hitherto lacking, quantitative definition of polarisation resolution, and to establish fundamental precision limits in electromagnetic systems. Furthermore rigorous modelling tools are developed for propagation of arbitrary electromagnetic fields, including for example stochastic fields exhibiting properties such as partial polarisation, through high numerical aperture optics. Finally these ideas are applied to the development, characterisation and optimisation of a number of topical optical systems: polarisation imaging; multiplexed optical data storage; and single molecule measurements. The work has implications for all optical imaging systems where polarisation of light is of concern.


Eigenfunctions of Debye-Wolf Diffraction Integral Focusing Partially Polarised and Coherent Beams High Numerical Aperture Optical Imaging Multiplexed Optical Data Storage Noise Analysis in Polarimetry Optimization in Polarimetry Polarisation Resolution and Information Single Molecule Orientation and Photon Statistics

Authors and affiliations

  • Matthew R.¬†Foreman
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  1. 1., Blackett LaboratoryImperial College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-28527-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-28528-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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