Robert Clark Jones

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Robert Clark Jones
Born (1916-06-30)June 30, 1916
Toledo (Ohio)
Died April 26, 2004(2004-04-26) (aged 87)
Residence Flag of the United States.svg U.S.
Nationality Flag of the United States.svg
Fields Physicist
Known for Jones calculus
Notable awards

Adolph-Lomb Medal of the OSA (1941)
Frederic Ives Medal of the OSA (1972)
Dennis Gabor Award of the SPIE (1989)

G. G. Stokes Award of the SPIE (2004)

R. Clark Jones (June 30, 1916 – April 26, 2004) was an American physicist working in the field of Optics.

He studied at Harvard University and received his PhD in 1941. Until 1944 he worked at Bell Labs, later until 1982 with the Polaroid Corporation.

In a sequence of publications between 1941 and 1956 he demonstrated a mathematical model to describe the polarization of coherent light, the Jones calculus.


Publications[edit]

  • Jones, R. Clark (1939). "On The Relativistic Doppler Effect". Journal of the Optical Society of America 29 (8): 337–338. doi:10.1364/JOSA.29.000337. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1939). "The Koremetron: An Instrument for Measuring Pupillary Diameters". Journal of the Optical Society of America 29 (12): 531–534. doi:10.1364/JOSA.29.000531. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1941). "A new calculus for the treatment of optical systems, I. Description and Discussion of the Calculus". Journal of the Optical Society of America 31 (7): 488–493. doi:10.1364/JOSA.31.000488. 
  • Hurwitz, Henry; Jones, R. Clark (1941). "A new calculus for the treatment of optical systems, II. Proof of three general equivalence theorems". Journal of the Optical Society of America 31 (7): 493–499. doi:10.1364/JOSA.31.000493. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1941). "A new calculus for the treatment of optical systems, III The Sohncke Theory of optical activity". Journal of the Optical Society of America 31 (7): 500–503. doi:10.1364/JOSA.31.000500. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1942). "A new calculus for the treatment of optical systems, IV". Journal of the Optical Society of America 32 (8): 486–493. doi:10.1364/JOSA.32.000486. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1946). "Steady-State Load Curves for Semi-Conductor Bolometers". Journal of the Optical Society of America 36 (8): 448–454. doi:10.1364/JOSA.36.000448. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1947). "A new calculus for the treatment of optical systems, V. A more general formulation and description of another calculus". Journal of the Optical Society of America 37 (2): 107–110. doi:10.1364/JOSA.37.000107. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1947). "A new calculus for the treatment of optical systems, VI. Experimental determination of the matrix". Journal of the Optical Society of America 37 (2): 110. doi:10.1364/JOSA.37.000110. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1947). "The Ultimate Sensitivity of Radiation Detectors". Journal of the Optical Society of America 37 (11): 879–888. doi:10.1364/JOSA.37.000879. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1948). "A New Calculus for the Treatment of Optical Systems. VII. Properties of the N-Matrices". Journal of the Optical Society of America 38 (8): 671–683. doi:10.1364/JOSA.38.000671. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1949). "A New Classification System for Radiation Detectors". Journal of the Optical Society of America 39 (5): 327–341. doi:10.1364/JOSA.39.000327. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1949). "Erratum: The Ultimate Sensitivity of Radiation Detectors". Journal of the Optical Society of America 39 (5): 343. doi:10.1364/JOSA.39.000343. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1949). "Factors of Merit for Radiation Detectors". Journal of the Optical Society of America 39 (5): 344–356. doi:10.1364/JOSA.39.000344. 
  • Jones, R. Clark; Jones, R. Clark (1949). "The Trapping of Fluorescent Light Produced within Objects of High Geometrical Symmetry". Journal of the Optical Society of America 39 (11): 912–916. doi:10.1364/JOSA.39.000912. 
  • West, C. D.; Jones, R. Clark (1951). "On the Properties of Polarization Elements as Used in Optical Instruments. I. Fundamental Considerations". Journal of the Optical Society of America 41 (12): 976–980. doi:10.1364/JOSA.41.000976. * Jones, R. Clark; West, C. D. (1951). "On the Properties of Polarization Elements as Used in Optical InstrumentsII. Sinusoidal Modulators". Journal of the Optical Society of America 41 (12): 982–984. doi:10.1364/JOSA.41.000982. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1955). "New Method of Describing and Measuring the Granularity of Photographic Materials". Journal of the Optical Society of America 45 (10): 799–808. doi:10.1364/JOSA.45.000799. 
  • Jones, R. Clark; West, C. D. (1951). "On the Properties of Polarization Elements as Used in Optical Instruments. II. Sinusoidal Modulators". Journal of the Optical Society of America 41 (12): 982–984. doi:10.1364/JOSA.41.000982. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1953). "The General Theory of Bolometer Performance". Journal of the Optical Society of America 43 (1): 1–10. doi:10.1364/JOSA.43.000001. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1953). "On Reversibility and Irreversibility in Optics". Journal of the Optical Society of America 43 (2): 138–143. doi:10.1364/JOSA.43.000138. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1953). "On the Relation between the Speed of Response and the Detectivity of Lead Sulfide Photoconductive Cells". Journal of the Optical Society of America 43 (11): 1008–1013. doi:10.1364/JOSA.43.001008. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1956). "New Calculus for the Treatment of Optical Systems. VIII. Electromagnetic Theory". Journal of the Optical Society of America 46 (2): 126–131. doi:10.1364/JOSA.46.000126. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1956). "Transmittance of a Train of Three Polarizers". Journal of the Optical Society of America 46 (7): 528–533. doi:10.1364/JOSA.46.000528. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1958). "On the Point and Line Spread Functions of Photographic Images". Journal of the Optical Society of America 48 (12): 934–937. doi:10.1364/JOSA.48.000934. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1959). "Quantum Efficiency of Human Vision". Journal of the Optical Society of America 49 (7): 645–653. doi:10.1364/JOSA.49.000645. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1960). "Energy detectable by radiation detectors". Journal of the Optical Society of America 50 (9): 883. doi:10.1364/JOSA.50.000883. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1960). "Proposal of the Detectivity D** for Detectors Limited by Radiation Noise". Journal of the Optical Society of America 50 (11): 1058–1059. doi:10.1364/JOSA.50.001058. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1960). "Information Capacity of Radiation Detectors". Journal of the Optical Society of America 50 (12): 1166–1169. doi:10.1364/JOSA.50.001166. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1961). "Information Capacity of Photographic Films". Journal of the Optical Society of America 51 (11): 1159–1171. doi:10.1364/JOSA.51.001159. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1962). "Information Capacity of a Beam of Light". Journal of the Optical Society of America 52 (5): 493–501. doi:10.1364/JOSA.52.000493. * Jones, R. Clark (1962). "Immersed Radiation Detectors". Applied Optics 1 (5): 607–613. doi:10.1364/AO.1.000607. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1962). "Ultimate Performance of Polarizers for Visible Light". Journal of the Optical Society of America 52 (7): 747–750. doi:10.1364/JOSA.52.000747. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1962). "Information Capacity of Radiation Detectors. II". Journal of the Optical Society of America 52 (11): 1193–1200. doi:10.1364/JOSA.52.001193. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1963). "Terminology in Photometry and Radiometry". Journal of the Optical Society of America 53 (11): 1314–1314. doi:10.1364/JOSA.53.001314. 
  • Bird, George R.; Jones, R. Clark (1965). "Estimation of the Spectral Response Functions of the Human Cone Pigments". Journal of the Optical Society of America 55 (12): 1686–1691. doi:10.1364/JOSA.55.001686. 
  • Bird, George R.; Jones, R. Clark; Ames, Allan E. (1969). "The Efficiency of Radiation Detection by Photographic Films: State-of-the-Art and Methods of Improvement". Applied Optics 8 (12): 2389–2405. doi:10.1364/AO.8.002389. PMID 20076051. 
  • Jones, R. Clark (1994). "Polarizers, Torpedoes, and Bombs". Optics and Photonics News 5 (10): 18. doi:10.1364/OPN.5.10.000018. 

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