Optical  System  Simulation  Software


Focusing a beam of polarized light through a slab of aragonite (biaxially birefringent) crystal

Light propagation through birefringent media is a complex process involving double refraction, polarization rotation, and nonuniform phase shifts. The following example illustrates the case of a linearly polarized beam focused through a slab of aragonite. The aluminum coating at the bottom of the slab acts as a mirror, reflecting the beam back towards the lens. The recollimated beam passes through a crossed polarizer, and is monitored at the observation plane.

(left) Intensity pattern at the observation plane and (right) logarithmic plot of intensity distribution at the observation plane.


<<More DIFFRACT Examples

Home | About MM Research, Inc. | Online Publications
Diffract | SIM 3D_Max | Multilayer | Temprofile

© Copyright 1987-2011, MM Research, Inc. 5748 N. Camino del Conde, Tucson, Arizona 85718