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Polarization considerations for the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna
Author(s): Eugene Waluschka; Tracy R. Pedersen; Paul McNamara
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Paper Abstract

A polarization ray trace model of the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna's (LISA) optical path is being created. The model will be able to assess the effects of various polarizing elements and the optical coatings on the required, very long path length, picometer level dynamic interferometry. The computational steps are described. This should eliminate any ambiguities associated with polarization ray tracing of interferometers and provide a basis for determining the computer model's limitations and serve as a clearly defined starting point for future work.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5875, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization VIII, 587505 (30 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.618771
Show Author Affiliations
Eugene Waluschka, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Tracy R. Pedersen, Swales Aerospace (United States)
Paul McNamara, Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5875:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization VIII
Jose M. Sasian; R. John Koshel; Richard C. Juergens, Editor(s)

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