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Optical Engineering

Polarization Ray Trace
Author(s): Eugene Waluschka
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Paper Abstract

A ray representing a vector wave is traced through an optical system. The electric field perpendicular to the (ray) direction of propagation is represented by a Jones vector. At each surface the results of a thin-film calculation are used to form a "surface" Jones matrix. For a given ray, a product of surface Jones matrices forms an "instrumental" ray matrix. Coordinate frames and sign conventions are emphasized.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1989
PDF: 4 pages
Opt. Eng. 28(2) 280286 doi: 10.1117/12.7976913
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 28, Issue 2
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Eugene Waluschka, The Perkin-Elmer Corporation (United States)


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