Using Gaussian Constants, a self-contained paraxial theory for rotationally distributed-index media has been formulated. The differential equations governing a ray transfer in inhomogeneous media have been derived together with an analytical solution and a numerical calculation method. The Lagrange-Helmholtz invariant for inhomogeneous media is presented, and a homogeneous model equivalent to ray transfer in inhomogeneous media is proposed. A numerical example is added to confirm the analysis.
© 1984 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 11, 1983
Published: June 1, 1984
Kazuo Tanaka, "Paraxial theory of rotationally distributed-index media by means of Gaussian Constants," Appl. Opt. 23, 1700-1706 (1984)