Application of Muller's Method to Photoelasticity,
ARMY FOREIGN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER CHARLOTTESVILLE VA
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The authors discuss the principal assumptions in Mullers method and demonstrate on an example that it can be used to analyze various polarization circuits which are used in photoelasticity. The essence of the Muller method is that the light beam and the optical device polaroid, phase plate, photoelastic material of the model can be represented in matrix form in such a way that the results of the polarization light transformations can be computed simply by multiplying these matrices. Thus, if the optical device is described by the matrix U and the incoming and outgoing light beams by the matrices AO and A, then A UAO.