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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 25 — Dec. 5, 2011
  • pp: 25022–25034

Non-approximated numerical modeling of propagation of light in any state of spatial coherence

Román Castañeda and Jorge Garcia-Sucerquia  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 25, pp. 25022-25034 (2011)

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Due to analytical and numerical difficulties, the propagation of optical fields in any state of spatial coherence is traditionally computed under severe approximations. The paraxial approach in the Fresnel–Fraunhofer domain is one of the most widely used. These approximations provide a rough knowledge of the actual light behavior as it propagates, which is not enough for supporting applications, such as light propagation under a high numerical aperture (NA). In this paper, a non-approximated model for the propagation of optical fields in any state of spatial coherence is presented. The method is applicable in very practical cases, as high-NA propagations, because of its simplicity of implementation. This approach allows for studying unaware behaviors of light as it propagates. The light behavior close to the diffracting transmittances can also be analyzed with the aid of the proposed tool.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(030.5630) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiometry

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: May 9, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 21, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 4, 2011
Published: November 22, 2011

Román Castañeda and Jorge Garcia-Sucerquia, "Non-approximated numerical modeling of propagation of light in any state of spatial coherence," Opt. Express 19, 25022-25034 (2011)

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