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Degree of polarization of thermal light emitted by gratings supporting surface waves

Abstract : Absorption and emission of light due to the resonant excitation of surface waves on a grating is a well-known phenomenon. We report the first complete study of the influence of the role of angle and polarization on thermal emission by lamellar gratings. We derive the emitted Stokes vectors in any direction. We find that a source can be quasi isotropic from the point of view of the intensity but strongly anisotropic for polarized light. It follows that the degree of polarization can vary between 0 and 1, depending on directions.
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https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00195237
Contributor : François Marquier Connect in order to contact the contributor
Submitted on : Monday, December 10, 2007 - 11:47:17 AM
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François Marquier, Christophe Arnold, Marine Laroche, Jean-Jacques Greffet, Yong Chen. Degree of polarization of thermal light emitted by gratings supporting surface waves. 2007. ⟨hal-00195237⟩

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