Oblique propagation of light through a thick, space-variant birefringent element

Published on 2018-07-09T13:54:25Z (GMT) by
Understanding and modeling the propagation of polarized light through thick, space-variant birefringent media is important in both fundamental and applied optics. We present and experimentally evaluate two methods to model the off-axis propagation of polarized light through a thick stress-engineered optic (SEO). First, we use a differential equation solving method, which utilizes the analytic expression for the Jones matrix of the SEO leading to a numerical solution for the output electric field. Then we present a geometric method to obtain similar results with much less computational complexity. Finally, a comparison is done between the data and the simulations.

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Ariyawansa, Ashan; Brown, Thomas (2018): Oblique propagation of light through a thick, space-variant birefringent element. The Optical Society. Collection.