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Ray tracing in stressed lenses in dynamical-optical systems
Author(s): Luzia Hahn; Peter Eberhard
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Paper Abstract

The performance of high-precision optical systems can be affected by the presence of mechanical stresses in the optical material. In this work, we present a ray tracing method which considers the ray’s state of polarization while propagating through a mechanically stressed lens. The framework of elastic multibody systems is used to compute stresses in optical elements and generate the information about lens deformations, refraction indices, etc. These are required for the polarization ray tracing method employed here. The proposed ray tracing scheme considers birefringence at the lens-front and uses gradient-index ray tracing within the lens. Simultaneously, the polarization states are traced with the aid of Jones vectors. Finally, the correlation of the traced polarization states and the mechanical stresses is investigated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 2019
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 11207, Fourth International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics, 1120704 (3 October 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2524888
Show Author Affiliations
Luzia Hahn, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Peter Eberhard, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11207:
Fourth International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics
Manuel Filipe P. C. M. Martins Costa, Editor(s)

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