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A review of plasma polarimetry is presented. First the theory is discussed in general, exact analytic solutions of the polarization evolution equation are presented and then approximate analytic solutions. Numerical integration of the evolution equation is also discussed. The design of experiments is then considered, with special attention to the techniques of polarization modulation (both progressive and alternating modulation). Different alternative configurations are described for progressive modulation which are of special interest because they can be realized in the far infrared and because they allow a measurement of phases rather than amplitudes. The effects of refraction are then considered. Finally the combination of polarimetry and interferometry on the same instrument is discussed, including the effects of polarization modulation.

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Authors: SEGRE S E, ENEA, Centro Ricerche Energia Frascati, Roma (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: RT/ERG/FUS/97/18 EN (1997) 78pp.
Availability: Available from Servizio Edizioni Scientifiche, ENEA Centro Ricerche Frascati, CP65, 00044 Frascati, Roma (IT)
Record Number: 199810605 / Last updated on: 1998-05-12
Original language: en
Available languages: en