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Optical path difference in a plane parallel uniaxial plate
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Paper Abstract

The generalized ray tracing for the extraordinary ray through uniaxial crystals developed by M. Avendanyo-Alejo and O. Stavroudis, is applied to investigate the optical path difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary rays in a plane parallel uniaxial plate. When a ray of light from a monochromatic source S is incident on the surface of a plane parallel uniaxial plate, two rays: an ordinary ray and an extraordinary ray will propagate inside the plate until they are refracted at the second interface of the plate. These two rays are orthogonally polarized so they do not interfere unless a polarizer is placed after the plate to make the parallel components of their respective electric fields interfere. In the present work we analyze the optical path difference traversed by the ordinary ray and the extraordinary ray.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 February 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5776, Eighth International Symposium on Laser Metrology, (14 February 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.611648
Show Author Affiliations
Maximino M. Avendanyo-Alejo, CCADET, Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico)
Martha Rosete-Aguilar, CCADET, Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5776:
Eighth International Symposium on Laser Metrology
R. Rodriguez-Vera; F. Mendoza-Santoyo, Editor(s)

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