Recent advances in integrated photoelasticity have opened the possibility of determining tomographically arbitrary three-dimensional stress fields. Since photoelastic tomography is based on experimental measurement of the characteristic parameters, the dependence of these parameters on the stress distribution on a light ray is considered in detail. The possibility of determining certain integrals of the stress components is analyzed, and the linear approximation of integrated photoelasticity has been rigorously treated.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: August 20, 2004
Revised Manuscript: December 20, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: December 24, 2004
Published: June 1, 2005
Leo Ainola and Hillar Aben, "Principal formulas of integrated photoelasticity in terms of characteristic parameters," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 22, 1181-1186 (2005)