One analytic form for four branches of the ABCD matrix


The two-by-two ABCD matrix plays a central role in optical sciences. The four elements of this matrix are all real, and its determinant is one. Thus, it has three independent parameters. Yet, it has a rich mathematical content which could lead to interesting results in physics. It is generally assumed that this matrix can be diagonalized by a rotation, but… (More)


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