Abstract

A wave optical description of the effect of the primary aberrations on the temporal and spatial shape of an ultrashort pulse is presented. The calculations are based on the diffraction theory of aberrations investigated by Nijboer and Zernike, leading to an effective numerical treatment of Seidel aberrations. The explicit form of the recurrence relations for the coefficients of the circular polynomial expansion are published, as far as we know, for the first time. Comparisons between the results of wave optical and geometrical optical formulas are shown. The appearance of a boundary diffraction wave pulse, known from the aberration-free case, is also demonstrated.

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