The polarization-transforming properties of rotational prisms are analyzed with polarized light by using the Jones calculus and the exact ray-trace. A general expression of the Jones matrix for a rotational prism is derived, incorporating an explicit dependence on the image-rotation angle or the wave-front-rotation angle. The Jones matrix for the Pechan, Dove, Reversion, and Delta prisms is derived where the explicit dependence on the angle of rotation of the image is given. An experiment with a rotating Dove prism is also conducted to determine the output states of polarization for incident linearly polarized light. Experimental results agree with theoretical expectations.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 29, 2003
Revised Manuscript: March 9, 2004
Published: June 10, 2004
Ivan Moreno, "Jones matrix for image-rotation prisms," Appl. Opt. 43, 3373-3381 (2004)