Physical-Optics Modeling for Optical Components Made of Birefringent Materials

Frankfurt, 17th of May, 2018, SPIE Optical System Design 2018

In modern optics, a huge variety of components with specific purposes made from different materials are employed. Birefringent materials are often used for manipulating light in difference aspects. That makes an important group of optical components, including polarizers, waveplates, prisms and so on. To model such components with proper inclusion of the birefringent effects, we adhere to physical optics, which is governed by Maxwell’s equations. Especially, by analysis in the spatial frequency domain, the effect from birefringence can be clearly revealed and, based on that, we develop a fast numerical algorithm to model light propagation through such components.

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