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  • Vol. 12, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 1995
  • pp: 1589–1592

Ray trace through a corner-cube retroreflector with complex reflection coefficients

Marija S. Scholl  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 12, Issue 7, pp. 1589-1592 (1995)

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A vector formulation is used to derive an analytical expression for the complex reflectivity of a corner-cube retroreflector, with use of the complex reflection coefficients for the s and p polarization. This expression shows that the corner-cube retroreflector modifies the incoming electric field according to the angle of incidence and the ray path through the retroreflector. The change in the electric field depends on the errors in the surface finish, the coating nonuniformity, and the nonhomogeneity in the index of refraction in the case of the solid corner-cube retroreflector. The main point is that the corner-cube retroreflector conjugates the incident beam only in the case of a plane wave with a constant amplitude incident upon a perfect corner-cube retroreflector.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: September 12, 1994
Revised Manuscript: December 19, 1994
Manuscript Accepted: March 3, 1995
Published: July 1, 1995

Marija S. Scholl, "Ray trace through a corner-cube retroreflector with complex reflection coefficients," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 12, 1589-1592 (1995)

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