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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2006
  • pp: 3028–3030

Complete far-field asymptotic series for free fields

Miguel A. Alonso and Riccardo Borghi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 20, pp. 3028-3030 (2006)

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The closed form of the complete far-field asymptotic series is provided for the scalar and electromagnetic monochromatic fields in free space whose angular spectrum is smooth over the sphere of directions. The first few terms of this series are also shown to give corrections to the Fraunhofer diffraction formula. The application of this series is illustrated with two examples corresponding to a highly focused radially polarized field and to the scalar diffraction from a circular aperture.

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OCIS Codes
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

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Original Manuscript: June 1, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: July 20, 2006
Published: September 25, 2006

Miguel A. Alonso and Riccardo Borghi, "Complete far-field asymptotic series for free fields," Opt. Lett. 31, 3028-3030 (2006)

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