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Three-dimensional polarization ray tracing, retardance
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Paper Abstract

The retardance associated with a three-by-three polarization ray tracing matrix is analyzed. The retardance of the polarization ray tracing matrix contains both a geometrical transformation and the polarization properties of diattenuation and retardance associated with a ray path through the optical and polarization elements. A method using parallel transport of transverse vectors is able to separate the geometrical transformation from the "physical" retardance, allowing the retardance to be calculated. A non-polarizing ray tracing matrix provides proper local coordinates to calculate the physical retardance without the geometrical transformation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7652, International Optical Design Conference 2010, 76521W (9 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.868589
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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. 7652:
International Optical Design Conference 2010
Julie Bentley; Anurag Gupta; Richard N. Youngworth, Editor(s)

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