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Modern scalar diffraction theory
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Paper Abstract

We review the history of scalar diffraction theory from the classical approach of Kirchkoff, Rayleigh and Sommerfeld, to the modern ideas introduced by Duffieux that eventually led to the use of distribution theory by Arsac , and finally to the derivation of the expressions using quantum mechanics and relativity. The latter exploits the invariant properties of the energy-momentum four-vector of light.

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Date Published: 9 September 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8122, Tribute to Joseph W. Goodman, 81220C (9 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.894953
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Henri H. Arsenault, Univ. Laval (Canada)
Pascuala García-Martínez, Univ. de València (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8122:
Tribute to Joseph W. Goodman
H. John Caulfield; Henri H. Arsenault, Editor(s)

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