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

Methods are presented for the interpretation of the polarization aberration of optical systems. The polarization properties of ray paths through optical systems are classified as diattenuating and/or retarding and as circular, linear, or elliptical via the eigenvalues and eigenpolarization states of the associated Jones matrix. Polarization elements are classified as homogeneous if the eigenpolarization states are orthogonal, and inhomogeneous if they are not. It is shown that the maximum coupling of light from the incident to the orthogonal polarization state occurs when the incident light is in a polarization state which is an equal mixture of the eigenpolarizations of a homogeneous polarization element. Two examples of polarization aberration functions are given, for the radially symmetric system, and for the circularly retarding lens. Simple algorithms are provided to determine aberration coefficients from the polarization ray trace of a few rays. The examples demonstrate how polarization aberration introduces wavefront aberrations and apodization which vary with changes in the incident polarization state.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 1990
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 1166, Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems II, (25 January 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.962881
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Russell A. Chipman, The University of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1166:
Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems II
Russell A. Chipman, Editor(s)

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