Abstract

The Fresnel–Kirchhoff free-space diffraction transform is generalized to describe paraxial-beam propagation in homogeneous birefringent media, extending Fourier optics to anisotropic homogeneous media. Canonical operator formalism is used for the derivation. The method is applied to designing an optical Fourier transformer in a biaxial crystal.

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