Abstract

Described here is an optical calculus developed to meet the practical need for ray tracing in new classes of imaging devices such as liquid crystals. The calculus is intended for computer programming and uses a method of matrix transform to eliminate redundancy, thereby reducing computer programming and execution time. The calculus, a coherent calculus of the Jones type, is also useful in interpreting the interaction between the components of a light wave when retardation, optical activity, and isotropic nonisotropic linear and circular dichroism are all present simultaneously.

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