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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2008
  • pp: 979–982

Relating vector ray-tracing equations for holograms of arbitrary shape and thickness

Arno Klein  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 25, Issue 4, pp. 979-982 (2008)

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The author derives Latta’s ray-tracing equations for holograms of arbitrary thickness [ Appl. Opt. 10, 2698 (1971) ] from Welford’s vector ray-tracing equation for holograms of arbitrary shape [ Opt. Commun. 14, 322 (1975) ]. The derivation follows Welford’s original approach but accounts for changes in the shape and thickness of the recording medium between construction and reconstruction.

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(090.0090) Holography : Holography
(090.7330) Holography : Volume gratings

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Original Manuscript: November 29, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: February 24, 2008
Published: March 26, 2008

Arno Klein, "Relating vector ray-tracing equations for holograms of arbitrary shape and thickness," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 979-982 (2008)

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