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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 1995
  • pp: 234–236

Huygens–Fresnel principle in the near field

F. Depasse, M. A. Paesler, D. Courjon, and J. M. Vigoureux  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 20, Issue 3, pp. 234-236 (1995)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.20.000234


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Abstract

The Huygens–Fresnel principle provides a conceptual understanding for wave propagation and diffraction. Recently the principle has been reexamined to suggest that it is also valid in the near field. We reformulate the problem in terms of nonradiative optics, focusing particularly on the obliquity factor inherent in the forward-directed propagation of light. In the near field of matter no explicit obliquity factor exists.

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History
Original Manuscript: July 22, 1994
Published: February 1, 1995

Citation
F. Depasse, M. A. Paesler, D. Courjon, and J. M. Vigoureux, "Huygens–Fresnel principle in the near field," Opt. Lett. 20, 234-236 (1995)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-20-3-234


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