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  • Vol. 22, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 1983
  • pp: 430–431

Classification scheme and nomenclature for refractive-index distributions

Peter J. Sands  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 430-431 (1983)

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A classification scheme and nomenclature for inhomogeneous refractive-index distributions is proposed which is consistent, unambiguous, and appeals to intuition. The classification is based on (1) the generic shape of the isoindicial surfaces, (2) the detailed dependence of the index on some position coordinate characterizing the isoindicial surfaces, and (3) whether the index distribution is given by N or N2 as some function of position. The scheme is illustrated by distributions which are of technological or physiological interest.

© 1983 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: June 30, 1982
Published: February 1, 1983

Peter J. Sands, "Classification scheme and nomenclature for refractive-index distributions," Appl. Opt. 22, 430-431 (1983)

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  1. E. W. Marchand, Gradient Index Optics (Academic, New York, 1978).
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