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On a quasi-relativistic formula in polarization theory

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In a pure operatorial (nonmatrix) Pauli algebraic approach, this Letter shows that the Poincaré vector of the light transmitted by a dichroic device can be expressed as function of the Poincaré vectors of the incoming light and of the device by a composition law of the same kind as the composition law of the noncolinear relativistic velocities. This is, in fact, a general law of composition for three-dimensional (3D) vectors remaining in the Poincaré ball (where they have a group-like structure). The differences between this problem and that of the composition law of two dichroic devices are pointed out and justified.

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