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Order Dependence And Independence Of Weak Polarization Elements
Author(s): Russell A. Chipman
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Paper Abstract

The order dependence of weak polarization elements is investigated and it is shown that weak polarization elements are very weakly order dependent; if the diattenuation or retardance is a small term, the order dependence is a higher order term. This has particular application to the polarization properties of an arbitrary ray path through a sequence of antireflection coatings. The polarization properties are explored through expansion of Jones matrices into sums of Pauli spin matrices. It is shown that the polarization properties of a meridional ray path are independent of the order in which the interfaces are encountered, and that the ray path will act as a linear diattenuator aligned or perpendicular to the meridional plane and/or as a linear retarder aligned or perpendicular to the meridional plane. A skew ray does have order dependence in its polarization properties. Due to these order dependent terms, the ray path in general acts as an elliptical diattenuator and/or retarder, despite the fact that all individual interfaces act only as linear polarization elements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 1990
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1166, Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems II, (25 January 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.962885
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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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