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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2000
  • pp: 1763–1772

Calculation of diffraction effects on the average phase of an optical field

Miltiadis V. Papalexandris and David C. Redding  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 17, Issue 10, pp. 1763-1772 (2000)

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We report on algorithms for the computation of the average phase of a beam over a detector in the near field. The basic idea is to reconstruct the optical field numerically and then use a quadrature algorithm to evaluate the quantity of interest. The various algorithms that employ discrete Fourier transform techniques for the computation of the field are described, and numerical tests that assess the accuracy of these algorithms are presented. No particular algorithm delivers the desired accuracy over the entire range of Fresnel numbers of interest, but each can produce satisfactory results within a particular range. Finally, new methods to evaluate the average phase are introduced, and their efficiency is assessed.

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OCIS Codes
(000.4430) General : Numerical approximation and analysis
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics
(070.2590) Fourier optics and signal processing : ABCD transforms

Original Manuscript: February 7, 2000
Revised Manuscript: May 30, 2000
Manuscript Accepted: May 30, 2000
Published: October 1, 2000

Miltiadis V. Papalexandris and David C. Redding, "Calculation of diffraction effects on the average phase of an optical field," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 17, 1763-1772 (2000)

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