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Wavefront generated by reflection of a plane wave from a conic section
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Paper Abstract

We use the general solution of the eikonal equation due to Stavroudis to analyze the light propagation of an incident plane wave that is reflected off-axis from a surface of revolution generated by a conic section. Specifically, a general, explicit expression for the k-function associated with reflection of a plane wave is evaluated for the geometry of the off-axis conic mirror and the resulting k-function is used, following Stavroudis and coworkers, to evaluate the reflected wavefronts and caustic surfaces. This paper presents a new application of the k-function formalism to a practical configuration, without any simplifying rotational or translational symmetry, where the wavefronts and caustics in the focal region will be analyzed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 August 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7060, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering IX, 70600V (29 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.796515
Show Author Affiliations
John A. Hoffnagle, IBM Almaden Research Ctr. (United States)
David L. Shealy, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7060:
Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering IX
Pantazis Z Mouroulis; Warren J. Smith; R. Barry Johnson, Editor(s)

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