Abstract

A new formulation for the solution of wave propagation in inhomogeneous optical systems, based on the extension of conventional differential-transfer matrices into modified differential-transfer matrices, is given. In justification of our proposed method, several examples are presented, and the greater accuracy of our modified differential transfer matrices compared with that of conventional differential-transfer matrices is observed in several cases. It is also shown that the modified differential-transfer-matrix method is accurate enough even in those cases that the conventional differential-transfer-matrix method fails to yield acceptable results.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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