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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 19 — Jul. 1, 2013
  • pp: 4527–4535

Polarization properties of a corner-cube retroreflector with three-dimensional polarization ray-tracing calculus

Wenjun He, Yuegang Fu, Yang Zheng, Lei Zhang, Jiake Wang, Zhiying Liu, and Jianping Zheng  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 19, pp. 4527-4535 (2013)

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The output polarization states of corner cubes (for both uncoated and metal-coated surfaces) with an input beam of arbitrary polarization state and of arbitrary tilt angle to the cube have been analyzed by using the three-dimensional polarization ray-tracing matrix method. The diattenuation and retardance of the corner-cube retroreflector (CCR) for all six different ray paths are calculated, and the relationships to the tilt angle and the tilt orientation angle are shown. When the tilt angle is large, hollow metal-coated CCR is more appropriate than solid metal-coated CCR for the case that the polarization states of output beam should be controlled.

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OCIS Codes
(080.2720) Geometric optics : Mathematical methods (general)
(120.2130) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(230.5480) Optical devices : Prisms
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: March 19, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 17, 2013
Published: June 25, 2013

Wenjun He, Yuegang Fu, Yang Zheng, Lei Zhang, Jiake Wang, Zhiying Liu, and Jianping Zheng, "Polarization properties of a corner-cube retroreflector with three-dimensional polarization ray-tracing calculus," Appl. Opt. 52, 4527-4535 (2013)

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