Three-dimensional polarization ray tracing, retardance

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The retardance associated with a three-by-three polarization ray tracing matrix is analyzed. The retardance of the polarization ray tracing matrix contains both a geometrical transformation and the polarization properties of diattenuation and retardance associated with a ray path through the optical and polarization elements. A method using parallel transport of transverse vectors is able to separate the geometrical transformation from the "physical" retardance, allowing the retardance to be calculated. A non-polarizing ray tracing matrix provides proper local coordinates to calculate the physical retardance without the geometrical transformation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Optical Design Conference 2010
StatePublished - 2010
EventInternational Optical Design Conference 2010 - Jackson Hole, WY, United States
Duration: Jun 13 2010Jun 17 2010

Publication series

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


OtherInternational Optical Design Conference 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityJackson Hole, WY


  • parallel transport
  • 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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