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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2014
  • pp: 964–967

Propagation of aberrated wavefronts using a ray transfer matrix

Thomas W. Raasch  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 31, Issue 5, pp. 964-967 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.31.000964


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Abstract

A ray transfer matrix is used to calculate the propagation of aberrated wavefronts across a homogeneous refractive index. The wavefront is represented by local surface normals, i.e., by a ray bundle, and the propagation is accomplished by transferring those rays across the space. Wavefront shape is generated from the slopes and positions of the collection of rays. Calculation methods are developed for the paraxial case, for higher-order expansions, and for the exact tangent case. A numerical example is used to compare results between an analytical method and the methods developed here.

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OCIS Codes
(080.0080) Geometric optics : Geometric optics
(080.1510) Geometric optics : Propagation methods
(080.2730) Geometric optics : Matrix methods in paraxial optics
(080.1753) Geometric optics : Computation methods

ToC Category:
Geometric Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 11, 2014
Revised Manuscript: March 6, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 10, 2014
Published: April 8, 2014

Citation
Thomas W. Raasch, "Propagation of aberrated wavefronts using a ray transfer matrix," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 31, 964-967 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-31-5-964

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