Mueller calculus of polarization change in the cube-corner retroreflector

Sergio E. Segre, Vincenzo Zanza

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The optical ray properties of the cube-corner retroreflector (OCR) are first recalled. The change of polarization of the radiation due to OCR reflection is then derived by use of the Mueller matrix calculus. It is found that, in general, when the faces are not ideal reflectors, the useful cross section of the OCR consists of six zones, each of which produces a different change of polarization, i.e., it gives a different Mueller matrix. All the Mueller matrices depend on wavelength. The results are quite general and can be used directly also for partially polarized radiation. © 2003 Optical Society of America.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1804 - 1811
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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