Three-dimensional polarization ray-tracing calculus I: Definition and diattenuation

Garam Yun, Karlton Crabtree, Russell A. Chipman

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A three-by-three polarization ray-tracing matrix method for polarization ray tracing in optical systems is presented for calculating the polarization transformations associated with ray paths through optical systems. The method is a three-dimensional generalization of the Jones calculus. Reflection and refraction algorithms are provided. Diattenuation of the optical system is calculated via singular value decomposition. Two numerical examples, a three fold-mirror system and a hollow corner cube, demonstrate the method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2855-2865
Number of pages11
JournalApplied optics
Issue number18
StatePublished - Jun 20 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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