In this work we introduce the use of a Jones matrix method to evaluate the far-field diffraction produced by spatially variant polarization elements. We extend the scalar Fourier optics theory to a vectorial theory by the use of the Jones matrix formalism. With this method it is possible to analyse the diffraction pattern and the local state of polarization in the Fraunhofer approximation by means of the usual Jones matrix calculus. © 2004 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
|Journal||Journal of Modern Optics|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2004|