Effect of birefringence of lens material on polarization status and optical imaging characteristics

Wan Chin Kim, No Cheol Park

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In most cases of molding with glass or optical polymers, it is expected that there will be birefringence caused by the internal mechanical stresses remaining in the molding material. The distribution of the residual stress can be annealed by slow cooling, but this approach is disadvantageous with respect to the shape accuracy and manufacturing time. In this study, we propose an analytical model to calculate the diffracted field near the focal plane by considering two primary parameters, the orientation angle of the fast axis and the path difference. In order to verify the reliability of the analytical model, we compared the measured beam spot of the F-theta lens of the laser scanning unit (LSU) with the analytical result. In addition, we analyzed the calculated result from the perspective of the polarization status in the exit pupil. The proposed analysis method can be applied to enhance the image quality for cases in which birefringence occurs in a lens material by suitably modeling the amplitude and phase of the incident light flux.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-335
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Communications
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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