Image formation in coronagraphs due to mirror polarization aberrations

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The PSF for astronomical telescopes and instruments depends not only on geometric wavefront aberrations, but also on those polarization aberrations from the polarization properties of reflecting and transmitting surfaces. The image plane irradiance distribution is the linear superposition of four PSF images: One for each of the two orthogonal polarizations and one for each of two cross-coupled polarization terms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Optical Design Conference 2017
EditorsJulius A. Muschaweck, John R. Rogers, Peter P. Clark, Richard N. Pfisterer
ISBN (Electronic)9781510616721
StatePublished - 2017
EventInternational Optical Design Conference 2017, IODC 2017 - Denver, United States
Duration: Jul 9 2017Jul 13 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherInternational Optical Design Conference 2017, IODC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Aberration
  • Polarization

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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