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Vector Formulation Of The Ray-Equivalent Method For General Gaussian Beam Propagation
Author(s): Alan W Greynolds
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Paper Abstract

The propagation of a generally astigmatic Gaussian beam through an arbitrary optical system can be expressed solely in terms of coordinate independent transverse ray vectors. With this formulation, it is relatively easy to take standard ray trace data and deduce the equivalent Gaussian beam shape. In addition, by a simple rearrangement of the equations, the beam shape can also be expressed as the convolution of two geometrically propagated Gaussians.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 December 1986
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0679, Current Developments in Optical Engineering and Diffraction Phenomena, (19 December 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.939577
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Alan W Greynolds, Breault Research Organization, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0679:
Current Developments in Optical Engineering and Diffraction Phenomena
Robert E. Fischer; James E. Harvey; Warren J. Smith, Editor(s)

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