Monthly Archives: December 2022

History papers

Here I share some historical papers/documents/books about polarization optics that are very hard to find and that I consider important or very nice.

Soleillet Thesis (1929) [First description of Stokes-Mueller calculus]

Perrin 1942 (English translation) [First work describing Mueller matrix symmetries]

Mueller 1943 (Memorandum on the polarization optics of the photoelastic shutter] [The most relevant available work by Hans Mueller]

Walker 1904, The analytical theory of light [book] [The only English book that described Stokes parameters way before they were rediscovered]