Retardance in three-dimensional polarization ray tracing

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A three-by-three polarization ray tracing matrix P which is defined in global coordinates characterizes the polarization transformations associated with single ray through optical system. The P matrix contains both a geometrical transformation effect and the polarization characteristics of diattenuation and retardance from the optical and polarization elements. In order to separate the geometrical transformation and calculate the "physical" retardance, a non-polarizing ray tracing matrix Q is used. The diattenuation and the retardance of a dove prism are analyzed as an example.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolarization Science and Remote Sensing IV
StatePublished - 2009
EventPolarization Science and Remote Sensing IV - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 3 2009Aug 4 2009

Publication series

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


OtherPolarization Science and Remote Sensing IV
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Dove prism
  • polarization ray trace
  • ray tracing
  • retardance

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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