Analytic solutions are found for skew ray paths in inhomogeneous cylindrical systems such as GRIN rods and gas lenses, which focus rays by virtue of a gradual radial decrease in refractive index. The solutions are obtained by employing digital computers to carry out analytic, as opposed to numerical, calculations.
© 1971 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 10, 1970
Published: May 1, 1971
K. B. Paxton and W. Streifer, "Analytic Solution of Ray Equations in Cylindrically Inhomogeneous Guiding Media. Part 2: Skew Rays," Appl. Opt. 10, 1164-1171 (1971)