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Polarization Aberration Diagrams
Author(s): Russell A. Chipman; Laure J. Chipman
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Paper Abstract

Polarization aberrations are variations of the polarization associated with different ray paths through an optical system. This paper presents particular polarization aberration expansion that is second order in the object and pupil coordinates and describes polarization effects that are functionally equivalent to the wavefront aberration terms: piston, tilt, and defocus. This polarization aberration expansion is applicable to weakly polarizing systems, such as radially symmetric systems of lenses and coatings, as well as to strongly polarizing systems incorporating polarizers and retarders. A computer simulation of this expansion has been performed, and graphical results are presented displaying the effect of 24 of these polarization aberrations acting on linearly and circularly polarized light.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1989
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 28(2) 282100 doi: 10.1117/12.7976915
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 28, Issue 2
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Russell A. Chipman, University of Alabama (United States)
Laure J. Chipman, University of Alabama (United States)

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