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Semi-analytical techniques for efficient electromagnetic field propogation
Author(s): Daniel Asoubar; Site Zhang; Frank Wyrowski; Michael Kuhn
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Paper Abstract

The fast and accurate propagation of general optical fields in free space is still a challenging task. Most of the standard algorithms are either fast or accurate. In the paper we introduce without further physical approximations three new algorithms for the fast propagation of non-paraxial vectorial optical fields containing smooth but strong phase terms. Dependent on the shape of the smooth phase term different propagation operators are applied. The first method for the efficient propagation of fields, which are containing smooth spherical phase terms, is based on Mansuripur's extended Fresnel diffraction integral1 using fast Fourier Transformations. This concept is improved by Avoort's parabolic fitting technique2 and the parameter space, for which the extended Fresnel operator is numerically feasible, is discussed in detail. Furthermore we introduce the inversion of the extended Fresnel operator for the fast propagation of non-paraxial fields into the focal region. Secondly we discuss a new semi-analytical spectrum of plane waves (SPW) operator for the quick propagation of fields with smooth linear phase terms. The method is based on the analytical handling of the linear phase term and the lateral offset, which reduces the required computational window sizes in the target plane. Finally we generalize the semi-analytical SPW operator concept to universal shapes of smooth phases by de- composing non-paraxial fields into subfields with smooth linear phase terms. In the target plane, all propagated subfields are added coherently where the analytical known smooth linear phase terms are handled numerical efficient by a new inverse parabasal decomposition technique (PDT). Numerical results are presented for examples, demonstrating the efficiency and the accuracy of the three new propagation methods. All simulations were done with the optics software VirtualLabTM.3

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 January 2013
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 8550, Optical Systems Design 2012, 85503F (3 January 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.999422
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Daniel Asoubar, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
Site Zhang, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
Frank Wyrowski, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
Michael Kuhn, LightTrans VirtualLab UG (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8550:
Optical Systems Design 2012
Laurent Mazuray; Daniel G. Smith; Jean-Luc M. Tissot; Tina E. Kidger; Frank Wyrowski; Stuart David; Rolf Wartmann; Jeffrey M. Raynor; Andrew P. Wood; Pablo Benítez; Andreas Erdmann; Marta C. de la Fuente, Editor(s)

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