Young’s double slit experiment is one of the most famous experiments in Physics. It played a major role in the discussion of the wave-particle duality of light and it is also usually used to explain several basic concepts of Quantum Mechanics.
When the experiment is made with polarized light, the well-known result is that the interference pattern fades out if the slits are labeled with orthogonal polarization states. Beyond this simple statement we have developed some tools that allow for a complete understanding of Young’s double slit experiment from the perspective of Polarimetry. I have summarized this topic in a presentation I recently made in the AVS 64th international conference. You can visualize or download it here.
This presetantion is (at least partly) related to our recent papers:
- Mueller matrix polarimetry on a Young’s double-slit experiment analog Opt. Lett. (2017)
- On the equivalence between Young’s double-slit and crystal double-refraction interference experiments. JOSA A (2017)
- Formalism of optical coherence and polarization based on material media states, Phys. Rev. A (2017)
- Vector and matrix states for Mueller matrices of nondepolarizing optical media, JOSA A (2016)