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Tracing Wavefronts: Can It Be Done?
Author(s): Orestes N. Stavroudis
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Paper Abstract

The starting point of this work is a general solution of the eikonal equation for a homogeneous, isotropic medium which provides a detailed description of the structure of a train of geometrical wavefronts and also of the associated caustic surface. This description depends ultimately on the k-function, an arbitrary function that arises in the general solution. Suppose a known train of wavefronts, with a known k-function, is incident on a refracting surface, tracing a wavefront involves determining the k-function for the refracted wavefront train. To do this a set of boundary conditions needs to be setup and solved.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 June 1987
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0766, Recent Trends in Optical Systems Design and Computer Lens Design Workshop, (10 June 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.940198
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Orestes N. Stavroudis, University of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0766:
Recent Trends in Optical Systems Design and Computer Lens Design Workshop
Robert E. Fischer; Carmina Londono, Editor(s)

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