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  • Vol. 54, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 1964
  • pp: 229–234

Local Curvature of Wavefronts in an Optical System

JOHN A. KNEISLY II  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 54, Issue 2, pp. 229-234 (1964)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.54.000229


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Abstract

The local principal curvatures (shape) of a wavefront propagating through an optical system can be calculated from geometrical optics. Formulas are derived for the change in shape during transfer, refraction, reflection, and diffraction by a grating in a system of homogeneous isotropic media. The results not only have immediate application to design, but also provide necessary data for treating points where the geometric approximation fails.

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JOHN A. KNEISLY II, "Local Curvature of Wavefronts in an Optical System," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 54, 229-234 (1964)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-54-2-229


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References

  1. C. S. Hastings, New Methods in Geometrical Optics (The Macmillan Company, New York, 1927).
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