Abstract

Fresnel diffraction is described by replacing the Fresnel-Kirchhoff integral, the lens transfer factor, and other operations by operators. The resulting operator algebra leads to the description of Fourier optics in a simple and compact way, bypassing the cumbersome integral calculus. Aberration effects and Gaussian beam illumination are also treated as a simple extension of the present theory.

© 1980 Optical Society of America

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