Abstract

This reply attempts to cast some more light on the achromatic systems composed by wave plates, in particular to the calculus of the overall retardation and the use of the Jones matrix equivalence theorem. An equivalent expression for the overall retardation of the system in terms of the trace is also given.

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Bernabeu, E.

Bhattacharya, K.

Chakraborty, A. K.

Hurwitz, H.

Jin, G.

Jones, R. C.

Kang, G.

Saha, A.

Sanchez-Brea, L. M.

Tan, Q.

Vilas, J. L.

Wang, X.

Zhang, X.

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U=(ABB*A*)=C(Δ,Ψ),
C(Δ,Ψ)=(cosΔ2+isinΔ2cos2ΨisinΔ2sin2ΨisinΔ2sin2ΨcosΔ2isinΔ2cos2Ψ).
tan2Δ2=|Im(A)|2+|Im(B)|2|Re(A)|2+|Re(B)|2,
tan2Ψ=BB*AA*.
U=R(ω)C(Δ,Ψ),
R(ω)=(cosωsinωsinωcosω).
cosΔ2=TrU2cosω.
tan2Ψ=Re(A)Im(B)+Re(B)Im(A)Re(A)Im(A)Re(B)Im(B),
tanω=Re(B)Re(A).

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