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Physical Optics Analysis Of Gradient Index Optics
Author(s): Shiow-Hwei Hwang; George N. Lawrence
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Paper Abstract

A simple method based on paraxial optics is presented which facilitates diffraction propagation cal-culations in all types of optical systems which have modest amounts of aberration, i.e. near-stigmatic systems. It is not only possible to apply the beam propagation method accurately to stigmatic GRIN media but a propagation distance of any length may be taken without using the split-step method. Studies of GRIN components have largely been either strictly geometrical in nature [2] or based on the split-step procedure. A recent publication has argued that the beam propagation method using split-step techniques has fundamental flaws in treating strongly inhomogeneous media such as Maxwell's fisheye lens [3]. The ABCD methods as popularized by Siegman [1 ! and others to treat paraxial optics, gaussian beams and diffraction propagation form the basis the generalized ABCD method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 December 1989
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1168, Current Developments in Optical Engineering and Commercial Optics, (22 December 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.962999
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Shiow-Hwei Hwang, University of Arizona (United States)
George N. Lawrence, University of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1168:
Current Developments in Optical Engineering and Commercial Optics
Robert E. Fischer; Harvey M. Pollicove; Warren J. Smith, Editor(s)

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