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Retardance in three-dimensional polarization ray tracing
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Paper Abstract

A three-by-three polarization ray tracing matrix P which is defined in global coordinates characterizes the polarization transformations associated with single ray through optical system. The P matrix contains both a geometrical transformation effect and the polarization characteristics of diattenuation and retardance from the optical and polarization elements. In order to separate the geometrical transformation and calculate the "physical" retardance, a non-polarizing ray tracing matrix Q is used. The diattenuation and the retardance of a dove prism are analyzed as an example.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 August 2009
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7461, Polarization Science and Remote Sensing IV, 74610S (12 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.827303
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Garam Yun, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Russell A. Chipman, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7461:
Polarization Science and Remote Sensing IV
Joseph A. Shaw; J. Scott Tyo, Editor(s)

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