Polarization ray tracing in anisotropic optically active media

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Abstract

Procedures for performing polarization ray tracing through birefringent media are presented in a form compatible with the standard methods of geometric ray tracing. The birefringent materials treated include the following: anisotropic optically active materials such as quartz, non-optically active uniaxial materials such as calcite, and isotropic optically active materials such as mercury sulfide or organic liquids. Refraction and reflection algorithms are presented which compute both ray directions and wave directions. Methods for computing polarization modes, refractive indices, optical path lengths, and Fresnel transmission and reflection coefficients are also specified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherPubl by Int Soc for Optical Engineering
Pages107-118
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)0819409197
StatePublished - Dec 1 1992
Externally publishedYes
EventPolarization Analysis and Measurement - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Jul 19 1992Jul 21 1992

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume1746
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherPolarization Analysis and Measurement
CitySan Diego, CA, USA
Period7/19/927/21/92

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    McClain, S. C., & Chipman, R. A. (1992). Polarization ray tracing in anisotropic optically active media. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (pp. 107-118). (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 1746). Publ by Int Soc for Optical Engineering.