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Teaching Fourier optics for engineers
Author(s): Joseph Shamir

Paper Abstract

A conventional optical system can be regarded as a special type of linear system and can thus be treated accordingly. The scalar representation in its paraxial approximation lends itself to particularly simple analysis. Employing an operator representation from a linear-systems point of view, introduces the senior engineering student to Fourier optics in the most natural and straight forward way. This approach eliminates the need for manipulating complicated integral expressions and leads to better insight into the physical processes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2525, 1995 International Conference on Education in Optics, (13 October 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.224005
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Joseph Shamir, Technion--Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2525:
1995 International Conference on Education in Optics
M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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