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Helmholtz Hodge decomposition of scalar optical fields

Monika Bahl and P. Senthilkumaran  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 29, Issue 11, pp. 2421-2427 (2012)

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It is shown that the vector field decomposition method, namely, the Helmholtz Hodge decomposition, can also be applied to analyze scalar optical fields that are ubiquitously present in interference and diffraction optics. A phase gradient field that depicts the propagation and Poynting vector directions can hence be separated into solenoidal and irrotational components.

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OCIS Codes
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(350.0350) Other areas of optics : Other areas of optics
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation
(260.6042) Physical optics : Singular optics

ToC Category:
Optical Tweezers or Optical Manipulation

Original Manuscript: July 27, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 13, 2012
Published: October 22, 2012

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Vol. 7, Iss. 12 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Monika Bahl and P. Senthilkumaran, "Helmholtz Hodge decomposition of scalar optical fields," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 29, 2421-2427 (2012)

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