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Symmetries in optical wavefields
Author(s): J. Jahns

Paper Abstract

Symmetries in the propagation of a wavefield occur due to constraints, imposed either by the structure of an optical element/system or by the propagation medium. The spatial properties of a wavefield may be influenced by mirror symmetry, lateral inversion, translational and rotational symmetry. Here, we discuss various examples of light propagation under the constraints of specific symmetries. These include general aspects of light propagation, the design of micro-optical systems, rotational symmetries that occur in discretized diffractive optical elements as well as spatial and spatio-temporal properties of self-imaging wavefields.

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Date Published: 3 October 2019
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 11207, Fourth International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics, 1120702 (3 October 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2523115
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J. Jahns, FernUniv. In Hagen (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11207:
Fourth International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics
Manuel Filipe P. C. M. Martins Costa, Editor(s)

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