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Optical Engineering

Polarization Analysis Of Optical Systems
Author(s): Russell A. Chipman
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Paper Abstract

For most optical systems it is typically assumed that the transmitted wavefront has uniform for Gaussian) amplitude and constant polarization state. This is the default assumption of geometrical optics. This paper considers methods suitable for analyzing systems for which this assumption is not valid. Such methods of polarization analysis include polarization ray tracing and polarization aberration theory. Definitions of the basic classes of polarization phenomena and a review of the Jones calculus are included to form a basis for the discussion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1989
PDF: 10 pages
Opt. Eng. 28(2) 280290 doi: 10.1117/12.7976914
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 28, Issue 2
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Russell A. Chipman, University of Alabama (United States)

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