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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 34 — Dec. 1, 1998
  • pp: 7947–7953

Ray-tracing formulas for refraction and internal reflection in uniaxial crystals

Georg Beyerle and I. Stuart McDermid  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 34, pp. 7947-7953 (1998)

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Formulas for the calculation of the direction cosines of refracted and internally reflected rays in anisotropic uniaxial crystals are presented. The method is based on a transformation to a nonorthonormal coordinate system in which the normal surface associated with the extraordinary ray is of spherical shape. A numerical example for the case of refraction and internal reflection in calcite is given.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(080.0080) Geometric optics : Geometric optics
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics

Original Manuscript: June 8, 1998
Revised Manuscript: August 10, 1998
Published: December 1, 1998

Georg Beyerle and I. Stuart McDermid, "Ray-tracing formulas for refraction and internal reflection in uniaxial crystals," Appl. Opt. 37, 7947-7953 (1998)

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