Semiconductor Physics, Quantum Electronics & Optoelectronics. 2009. V. 12, N 1. P. 086-090.

Light depolarization by inhomogeneous linear birefringent media
S.N. Savenkov, Y.A. Oberemok, V.V. Yakubchak, Y.V. Aulin, О.I. Barchuk

Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, Radiophysics Department, 5 build., 2, Acad. Glushkov ave., 03127 Kyiv, Ukraine, phone: (380-44)526-04-83; e-mail:

Abstract. The purpose of the article is to provide rigorous analysis of light depolarization by inhomogeneous linear birefringent media in single scattering case. The object under investigation is a lossless anisotropic crystalline slab with surface inhomogeneity. For the analysis we use the Mueller matrix model of such class of media derived in [1], Cloude’s coherency matrix method and known single value depolarization metrics. Sample calculations are given for calcite CaCO 3 , paratellurite TeO 2 and lithium niobate LiNbO3.

Keywords: light scattering, depolarization, Mueller matrix, birefringence, Cloude’s coherency matrix, entropy.

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