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1 February 2009 Tight focusing of wavefronts with piecewise quasi-constant phase
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The Richards-Wolf approach to analyze tight focusing by high-numerical-aperture aplanatic optical systems was designed to treat incident waves having a planar (or negligibly curved) wavefront at the entrance pupil. In this paper we extend the approach to incorporate also wavefronts with piecewise quasi-constant phase. The evaluation of the field distribution in the vicinity of the geometrical focus is accomplished by linear superposition of the contributions from all the segments with quasi-constant phase. As an application example, a tightly focused optical field is evaluated for a π-phase-step-modulated incident wavefront.
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Alexander Normatov, Boris Spektor, and Joseph Shamir "Tight focusing of wavefronts with piecewise quasi-constant phase," Optical Engineering 48(2), 028001 (1 February 2009). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.3081093
Published: 1 February 2009
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