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Optical Engineering • Open Access

Polarization fields and wavefronts of two sheets for understanding polarization aberrations in optical imaging systems
Author(s): José Sasián

Paper Abstract

Polarization aberrations by highlighting the concepts of polarization aberration fields and of wavefronts of two sheets are explained. The fields have a vector character and are derived from the aberration function of plane symmetric systems. It is shown that in the presence of retardance, an incoming optical field is split into two fields and therefore one can speak of wavefronts of two sheets. Both concepts, polarization aberration fields and wavefronts of two sheets, ease the understanding of polarization aberrations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 March 2014
PDF: 15 pages
Opt. Eng. 53(3) 035102 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.53.3.035102
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 53, Issue 3
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José Sasián, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


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