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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 2 — Jan. 10, 2013
  • pp: 117–126

Polarization and far-field diffraction patterns of total internal reflection corner cubes

Thomas W. Murphy, Jr. and Scott D. Goodrow  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 2, pp. 117-126 (2013)

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Many corner cube prisms, or retroreflectors, employ total internal reflection (TIR) via uncoated rear surfaces. The different elliptical polarization states emerging from the six unique paths through the corner cube complicate the far-field diffraction pattern by introducing various phase delays between the six paths. In this paper, we present a computational framework to evaluate polarization through TIR corner cubes for arbitrary incidence angles and input polarization states, presenting example output for key normal-incidence conditions. We also describe a method to produce far-field diffraction patterns resulting from the polarization analysis, presenting representative images—broken into orthogonal polarizations—and characterizing key cases. Laboratory confirmation is also presented for both polarization states and far-field diffraction patterns.

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OCIS Codes
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(260.2130) Physical optics : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(260.6970) Physical optics : Total internal reflection

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: September 5, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 21, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 23, 2012
Published: January 4, 2013

Thomas W. Murphy and Scott D. Goodrow, "Polarization and far-field diffraction patterns of total internal reflection corner cubes," Appl. Opt. 52, 117-126 (2013)

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