H. Kuratsuji, Shouhei Kakigi

Jul 31, 1997

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51

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Journal

Physical Review Letters

Abstract

By starting with the Maxwell theory of electromagnetism, we study the change of polarization state of light transmitting through optically anisotropic media. The basic idea is to reduce the Maxwell equation to the Schroedinger like equation for two levels (or states) representing polarization. By using the quantum mechanical technique, the density matrix, and path integral, the evolution of the Stokes parameters results in the equation of motion for a pseudospin representing a point on the Poincare sphere. Two typical examples relevant to actual experiments are considered; the one gives the generalized Faraday effect, and the other realizes an optical analog of magnetic resonance.

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