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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 1981
  • pp: 3321–3326

Use of a symbolic math system to solve polarized light problems

James C. Wyant  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 20, Issue 19, pp. 3321-3326 (1981)

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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)

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  1. The muSIMP/muMATH-79 Reference Manual (The Soft Warehouse, Honolulu, Haw., Mar.1980).
  2. G. Williams, The muSIMP/muMATH-79 Symbolic Math System, Byte 5, 328 (1980).
  3. M. Schindler, Math Package for μCs does Algebra, Calculus, Electronic Design, 34 (7June1980).
  4. W. A. Shurcliff, Polarized Light (Harvard U. P., Cambridge, 1966), p. 109.
  5. E. Hecht, A. Zajac, Optics (Addison-Wesley, New York, 1974), p. 268.
  6. muMATH-79 for CP/M operating systems as well as the TRS-80 can be purchased from Microsoft, 400 108th Ave., N.E., Bellevue, Wash. 98004. (CP/M is a trade mark of Digital Research, and TRS-80 is a trade mark of Radio Shack, a Tandy Corp.)

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