Quantum theory of partially polarizing devices and SU (1,1) Berry phases in polarization optics Academic Article uri icon


  • We develop a quantum theory for a partially polarizing optical element. We obtain an explicit relation between the P-function of the output field in terms of the P-function of the input field. We show the key role played by the nonunitary SU (1,1) transformations and point out the distinction between the quantum statistics of the output of a partially polarizing device and a squeezing device though both involve SU (1,1) transformations. 1991.

published proceedings

  • Optics Communications

author list (cited authors)

  • Agarwal, G. S.

citation count

  • 12

complete list of authors

  • Agarwal, GS

publication date

  • April 1991