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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 10, Iss. 16 — Aug. 12, 2002
  • pp: 728–739

Stable aggregates of flexible elements give a stronger link between rays and waves

M.A. Alonso and G.W. Forbes  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 10, Issue 16, pp. 728-739 (2002)

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A recently proposed ray-based method for wave propagation is used to provide a meaningful criterion for the validity of rays in wave theory. This method assigns a Gaussian contribution to each ray in order to estimate the field. Such contributions are inherently flexible. By means of a simple example, it is shown that superior field estimates can result when the contributions are no longer forced to evolve like parabasal beamlets.

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OCIS Codes
(080.2710) Geometric optics : Inhomogeneous optical media
(080.2720) Geometric optics : Mathematical methods (general)
(350.7420) Other areas of optics : Waves

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Focus Issue: Rays in wave theory

Original Manuscript: June 19, 2002
Revised Manuscript: July 30, 2002
Published: August 12, 2002

Miguel Alonso and G. Forbes, "Stable aggregates of flexible elements give a stronger link between rays and waves," Opt. Express 10, 728-739 (2002)

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