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Diffraction theory in therms of quantum mechanics and relativity
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Paper Abstract

Diffraction properties of light can be derived from Quantum Mechanics and Relativity. Using the fact that position and momentum are conjugate variables, we show that the momentum distribution of light coincides with the well-known angular spectrum distribution. The momentum distribution links quantum theory and relativity to classical diffraction theory. We also show that the Huygens Principle and the momentum distribution are conjugate expressions at the diffraction aperture. These considerations lead to the geometrical theory of diffraction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 December 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4435, Wave Optics and VLSI Photonic Devices for Information Processing, (26 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.451136
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Henri H. Arsenault, Univ. Laval (Canada)
Pascuala Garcia-Martinez, Univ. de Valencia (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4435:
Wave Optics and VLSI Photonic Devices for Information Processing
Pierre Ambs; Fred Richard Beyette; Fred Richard Beyette, Editor(s)

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