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Polarization Ray Tracing
Author(s): Eugene Waluschka
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Paper Abstract

The creation of a 'polarization ray trace' code is described using traditional lens design and analysis computer codes which assume that a ray represents a scalar plane wave and thin-film codes which implicitly use the vector nature of an incident plane wave. Calculations which explicitly use the vector formalism, to provide a more realistic model of light, must have the capabilities of an optical ray trace code and a thin-films code. Both codes exist as separate entities. An expedient method of obtaining a polarization ray trace capability is to merge both types of codes. A description of a method to merge the codes is presented by summarizing the calculations performed as a ray proceeds through an optical system. Polarization formalism is reviewed, and the problems and pitfalls associated with the merger of the two codes is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 1988
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0891, Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems, (29 June 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.944298
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Eugene Waluschka, The Perkin-Elmer Corporation (United States)

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

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