Information in Polarimetry

  • Matthew R. Foreman
Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)


Polarimetry is the study and measurement of the polarisation state of light and is a popular and useful tool in science today. Applications vary from astronomy, microscopy and biomedical diagnosis [59, 65] to more fundamental crystallographic, material and single molecule studies [20, 74]. Polarisation can also be utilised in quantum cryptography and communication [73]. Although measurement of the state of polarisation of light is often an important objective [29, 78] such polarimetric techniques are also frequently used to obtain information about an optical system, such as its birefringence [13]. One may then subdivide polarimetry into two broad categories: Stokes polarimetry and Mueller polarimetry. The former entails measuring the four Stokes parameters of light, whilst the latter is intended to measure the full Mueller matrix of a sample from which parameters of interest can then be inferred.


Polarisation State Polarisation Resolution Fisher Information Channel Capacity Matched Filter 
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