The output polarization states of corner cubes (for both uncoated and
metal-coated surfaces) with an input beam of arbitrary polarization state and of
arbitrary tilt angle to the cube have been analyzed by using the
three-dimensional polarization ray-tracing matrix method. The diattenuation and
retardance of the corner-cube retroreflector (CCR) for all six different ray
paths are calculated, and the relationships to the tilt angle and the tilt
orientation angle are shown. When the tilt angle is large, hollow metal-coated
CCR is more appropriate than solid metal-coated CCR for the case that the
polarization states of output beam should be controlled.
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