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Quantum Optics for Engineers by F.J. Duarte

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15

Classical Polarization

15.1  Introduction

Here, we provide a revision of concepts and techniques in classical polarization as a background to Chapter 16 that deals with quantum polarization. Also, various elements and techniques considered here are used as tools in optical systems in quantum optics experiments. This exposition is based on a revised version of a review given by Duarte (2003) and includes new and updated material.

15.2  Maxwell Equations

The Maxwell equations are of fundamental importance since they describe the whole of classical electromagnetic phenomena. From a classical perspective, light can be described as waves of electromagnetic radiation. As such, the Maxwell equations are very useful to illustrate a number of ...

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