The use of a symbolic math system, muMATH-79, to solve polarized light problems is described. The problems are setup using Jones calculus, and muMATH running on a Z-80 microprocessor multiplies out the Jones matrices and simplifies the final algebraic expressions. Only a minimal amount of operator interaction with the microcomputer is required. Several examples are given.
© 1981 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 19, 1981
Published: October 1, 1981
James C. Wyant, "Use of a symbolic math system to solve polarized light problems," Appl. Opt. 20, 3321-3326 (1981)