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  • Vol. 5, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 1980
  • pp: 264–266

Symmetry properties of focused fields

E. Collett and E. Wolf  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 5, Issue 6, pp. 264-266 (1980)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.5.000264


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Abstract

It is shown that under very general conditions monochromatic scalar wave fields that have a focus in the sense of geometrical optics possess some simple symmetry properties with respect to the focus. Certain well-known but poorly understood symmetry properties of the three-dimensional amplitude distribution and phase distribution in the focal region of a uniform converging spherical wave diffracted at a circular aperture are found to be immediate consequences of our results.

© 1980 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: February 7, 1980
Published: June 1, 1980

Citation
E. Collett and E. Wolf, "Symmetry properties of focused fields," Opt. Lett. 5, 264-266 (1980)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-5-6-264

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