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Polarization Ray Tracing
Author(s): Russell A. Chipman
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Paper Abstract

A method of polarization ray tracing for calculating the instrumental polarization function of an optical system using the Jones calculus is presented. Polarization ray tracing supplements the equations of ray tracing to include amplitude, phase, polarization and retardance effects of thin films, polarization elements and polarizing materials. Results of a polarization ray trace analysis of a Cassegrain telescope are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 June 1987
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0766, Recent Trends in Optical Systems Design and Computer Lens Design Workshop, (10 June 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.940204
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Russell A. Chipman, University of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0766:
Recent Trends in Optical Systems Design and Computer Lens Design Workshop
Robert E. Fischer; Carmina Londono, Editor(s)

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