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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 18 — Jun. 20, 2011
  • pp: 2855–2865

Three-dimensional polarization ray-tracing calculus I: definition and diattenuation

Garam Yun, Karlton Crabtree, and Russell A. Chipman  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 18, pp. 2855-2865 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.50.002855


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Abstract

A three-by-three polarization ray-tracing matrix method for polarization ray tracing in optical systems is presented for calculating the polarization transformations associated with ray paths through optical systems. The method is a three-dimensional generalization of the Jones calculus. Reflection and refraction algorithms are provided. Diattenuation of the optical system is calculated via singular value decomposition. Two numerical examples, a three fold-mirror system and a hollow corner cube, demonstrate the method.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(080.0080) Geometric optics : Geometric optics
(080.2720) Geometric optics : Mathematical methods (general)
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 17, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 31, 2011
Published: June 13, 2011

Citation
Garam Yun, Karlton Crabtree, and Russell A. Chipman, "Three-dimensional polarization ray-tracing calculus I: definition and diattenuation," Appl. Opt. 50, 2855-2865 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-50-18-2855

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