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  • Vol. 73, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 1983
  • pp: 500–502

Second-order Rytov approximation

H. T. Yura, C. C. Sung, S. F. Clifford, and R. J. Hill  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 73, Issue 4, pp. 500-502 (1983)

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We obtain an explicit and useful formulation of the solution for the second-order Rytov approximation for an arbitrary source geometry. From this solution a condition of validity for the Rytov solution is obtained. We conclude that both the Born and the Rytov approximations have the same domain of validity.

© 1983 Optical Society of America

H. T. Yura, C. C. Sung, S. F. Clifford, and R. J. Hill, "Second-order Rytov approximation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 73, 500-502 (1983)

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