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The Polaris-M ray tracing program
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Paper Abstract

An optical design program, Polaris-M, developed at the University of Arizona incorporates many advanced polarization analysis features. At the core of the program is a three-dimensional polarization ray tracing structure used to characterize polarization effects occurring at interfaces and upon propagation through isotropic and anisotropic materials. Reflection and refraction at uniaxial, biaxial, and optically active interfaces are handled rigorously, as well as anisotropic grating structures. By analyzing multiple polarized wavefront components individually, one can study the complicated effects of multiple anisotropic optical elements at the image. Wavefronts can be expanded into polarization aberration terms. Polarized diffraction image formation and polarization dependent optical transfer functions are included.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2015
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 9613, Polarization Science and Remote Sensing VII, 96130J (1 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2188928
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Russell A. Chipman, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Wai Sze Tiffany Lam, Oculus VR (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9613:
Polarization Science and Remote Sensing VII
Joseph A. Shaw; Daniel A. LeMaster, Editor(s)

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