Polarization analysis of optical systems

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For the majority of optical systems it is typically 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 where 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)10-31
Number of pages22
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jun 29 1988
EventPolarization Considerations for Optical Systems 1988 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Jan 11 1988Jan 17 1988

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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