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Applications For A General Purpose Optical Beam Propagation Code
Author(s): James L. Munroe; Nelson W. Wallace
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Paper Abstract

Real world beam propagation and diffraction problems can rarely be solved by the analytical expressions commonly found in optics and lasers textbooks. These equations are typically valid only for paraxial geometries, for specific boundary conditions (e.g., infinite apertures), or for special assumptions (e.g., at focus). Numerical techniques must be used to solve the equations for the general case. LOTS, a public domain numerical beam propagation software package developed for this purpose, is a widely used and proven tool. The graphical presentation of results combined with a well designed command language make LOTS particularly user-friendly, and the recent implementation of LOTS on the IBM PC/XT family of desktop computers will make this capability available to a much larger group of users. This paper surveys several applications demonstrating the need for such a capability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 June 1987
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0766, Recent Trends in Optical Systems Design and Computer Lens Design Workshop, (10 June 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.940212
Show Author Affiliations
James L. Munroe, Los Alamos National Laboratories (United States)
Nelson W. Wallace, The Aerospace Corporation (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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