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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 28 — Oct. 1, 1990
  • pp: 4026–4029

Ray tracing through gradient-index media: recent improvements

Sead Dorić  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 29, Issue 28, pp. 4026-4029 (1990)

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A general ray tracing algorithm for gradient-index media that treats various refractive index distributions in a unified manner has been developed by implementing the concept of isoindicial surfaces, position variables, and cubic splines. A novel and simpler algorithm for optical path length calculations is also presented.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: November 6, 1989
Published: October 1, 1990

Sead Dorić, "Ray tracing through gradient-index media: recent improvements," Appl. Opt. 29, 4026-4029 (1990)

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