We describe a novel approach to refractive-index reconstruction in two-dimensional systems with no special symmetry, based on observation of traces of rays that travel through the optical system. The mathematical model of ray-tracing analysis is presented in detail, and both the analytical and numerical solutions are given. Methods of data processing in the presence of experimental errors are developed and applied to model problems.
© 1997 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 20, 1996
Revised Manuscript: July 31, 1996
Published: August 1, 1997
Gleb Beliakov and D. Y. C. Chan, "Analysis of inhomogeneous optical systems by the use of ray tracing. I. Planar systems," Appl. Opt. 36, 5303-5309 (1997)