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Diffraction formulae using momentum eigenstates
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Paper Abstract

Diffraction mathematical theory of light can be derived from Quantum Mechanics and Relativity. Using the duality between position and momentum 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.

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Date Published: 30 September 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5227, Advanced Topics in Optoelectronics, Microelectronics, and Nanotechnologies, (30 September 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.519634
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Henri H. Arsenault, COPL, Univ. Laval (Canada)
Pascuala Garcia-Martinez, Univ. de Valencia (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5227:
Advanced Topics in Optoelectronics, Microelectronics, and Nanotechnologies
Ovidiu Iancu; Adrian Manea; Dan Cojoc, Editor(s)

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