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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2010
  • pp: 492–494

Light-scattering theory of diffraction

Wei Guo  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 27, Issue 3, pp. 492-494 (2010)

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Since diffraction is a scattering process in principle, light propagation through one aperture in a screen is discussed in the light-scattering theory. Through specific calculation, the expression of the electric field observed at an observation point is obtained and is used not only to explain why Kirchhoff’s diffraction theory is a good approximation when the screen is both opaque and sufficiently thin but also to demonstrate that the mathematical and physical problems faced by Kirchhoff’s theory are avoided in the light-scattering theory.

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OCIS Codes
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering

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Original Manuscript: August 27, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 13, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 14, 2010
Published: February 23, 2010

Wei Guo, "Light-scattering theory of diffraction," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27, 492-494 (2010)

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