Stokes-parameter analysis of the polarization of light transmitted through a chiral nematic liquid-crystal cell.

A spectroscopic Stokes polarimeter is used to directly measure the linearly, circularly, and randomly polarized components of light obtained on transmission of unpolarized light through thick chiral nematic liquid-crystal cells in the stop band. The Stokes parameters are simulated to fit the experimental data by use of the Berreman 4 x 4 transfer matrix by… (More)