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Polarization Analysis Of Optical Systems
Author(s): Russell A. Chipman
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Paper Abstract

For the majority of optical systems it is typically assumed that the transmitted wave-front has uniform (or Gaussian) amplitude and constant polarization state. This is the default assumption of geometrical optics. This paper considers methods suitable for ana-lyzing systems where this assumption is not valid. Such methods of polarization analysis include polarization ray tracing and polarization aberration theory. Definitions of the basic classes of polarization phenomena and a review of the Jones calculus are included to form a basis for the discussion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 1988
PDF: 22 pages
Proc. SPIE 0891, Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems, (29 June 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.944290
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Russell A. Chipman, University of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0891:
Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems
Russell A. Chipman, Editor(s)

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