Abstract

A model of discontinuity-free edge diffraction is proposed that is valid in the framework of the scalar Debye approximation and describes the formation process and approximate structure of the stationary diffracted field of a monochromatic converging spherical wave of limited angular opening throughout the whole space about the focus. The field is represented semianalytically in terms of the sum of a direct quasi-spherical wave and two edge quasi-conical waves of the zeroth and first order. The angular spectrum amplitudes of all these waves have smooth continuous variations of the real and imaginary parts in polar angle and radius, the separable nonanalytic functions defining the polar-angle variations of the amplitudes being found by optimization techniques.

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