Fourier Optics, Part 1

Masud Mansuripur

How decomposition into, and subsequent superposition of, plane waves can lead straightforwardly to the near-field (Fresnel) and far-field (Fraunhofer) formulas, elucidate the Fourier transforming properties of a lens, and capture the essence of Abbe’s theory of image formation.

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Publish Date: 01 May 2000

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