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Operator Methods In Physical Optics
Author(s): David Stoler
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This paper contains a treatment of paraxial wave optics which is expressed in terms of operators acting on vectors in an abstract space. The abstract vectors represent the electromagnetic field (in scalar approximation). The effects of propagation, reflection, and refraction, etc., are implemented by operators acting on the abstract field vectors. This leads to an operator algebraic formulation of paraxial wave optics.

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Date Published: 7 December 1982
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0358, Applications of Mathematics in Modern Optics, (7 December 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.934074
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David Stoler, Riverside Research Institute (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0358:
Applications of Mathematics in Modern Optics
William H. Carter, Editor(s)

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