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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 7 — Mar. 1, 1997
  • pp: 1553–1559

Polarization properties of corner-cube retroreflectors: theory and experiment

Jian Liu and R. M. A. Azzam  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 36, Issue 7, pp. 1553-1559 (1997)

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Polarization properties of the corner-cube retroreflector are discussed theoretically by use of ray tracing and analytical geometry. The Jones matrices and eigenpolarizations of the six propagation trips of the corner-cube retroreflector are derived. An experiment is also set up for the determination of the linear eigenpolarizations and the output states of polarization for incident linearly polarized light. The experimental results are consistent with theoretical expectations.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: March 15, 1996
Revised Manuscript: June 3, 1996
Published: March 1, 1997

Jian Liu and R. M. A. Azzam, "Polarization properties of corner-cube retroreflectors: theory and experiment," Appl. Opt. 36, 1553-1559 (1997)

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