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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2010
  • pp: 109–115

Fictitious diffracted waves in the diffraction theory of Kirchhoff

Yusuf Z. Umul  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 27, Issue 1, pp. 109-115 (2010)

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The diffraction theory of Kirchhoff is applied to the semi-infinite aperture of a black half-screen. The derivative of the spherical Green’s function is taken into account without any approximation. The uniformly evaluated scattering integral is compared with the physical optics solution. It is shown that the non-omitted term causes the existence of fictitious diffracted waves.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: October 6, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 17, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 20, 2009
Published: December 11, 2009

Yusuf Z. Umul, "Fictitious diffracted waves in the diffraction theory of Kirchhoff," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27, 109-115 (2010)

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