Polarization analysis of optical systems

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Abstract

For most optical systems it is assumed that the transmitted wavefront has uniform (or Gaussian) amplitude and constant polarization state. This is the default assumption of geometrical optics. This paper considers methods suitable for analyzing systems for which this assumption is not valid. Such methods of polarization analysis include polarization ray tracing and polarization aberration theory. Definitions of the basic classes of polarization phenomena and a review of the Jones calculus are included to form a basis for the discussion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-99
Number of pages10
JournalOptical Engineering
Volume28
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1989
Externally publishedYes

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Optical systems
Polarization
polarization
Geometrical optics
geometrical optics
calculus
Ray tracing
Wavefronts
Aberrations
ray tracing
aberration

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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Polarization analysis of optical systems. / Chipman, Russell A.

In: Optical Engineering, Vol. 28, No. 2, 02.1989, p. 90-99.

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