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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2011
  • pp: 1524–1530

Centroid propagation through optical systems with ABCD kernels and nonuniform or finite apertures

Jesús Lancis, Raúl Martínez-Cuenca, Jorge Ares, and Salvador Bará  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 28, Issue 7, pp. 1524-1530 (2011)

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If the propagation of a light field can be satisfactorily described by a diffraction integral with an ABCD kernel, the propagation of its irradiance centroid is completely determined by the corresponding ABCD ray-transfer matrix in exactly the same way as if the centroid path were a conventional geometrical ray. However, potentially significant deviations from this geometrical propagation rule may arise in the presence of finite or nonuniform apertures truncating or otherwise modifying the input beam irradiance distribution.

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OCIS Codes
(010.7350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Wave-front sensing
(070.2590) Fourier optics and signal processing : ABCD transforms
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(330.4460) Vision, color, and visual optics : Ophthalmic optics and devices

ToC Category:
Fourier Optics and Signal Processing

Original Manuscript: April 14, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 7, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 8, 2011
Published: June 29, 2011

Jesús Lancis, Raúl Martínez-Cuenca, Jorge Ares, and Salvador Bará, "Centroid propagation through optical systems with ABCD kernels and nonuniform or finite apertures," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 28, 1524-1530 (2011)

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