Beam propagation in a thick lens using the quantum mechanics formulism

Héctor Lorduy G., Luís Castellanos, Ángel Salazar

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    Abstract

    This paper has to do with the introduction of an algebraic operator method suitable for applications in a wide area of optics. The algebraic structure of this method allows us to derive results usually obtained by using the method of rays in classical optics. Here, we treat the propagation of electromagnetic waves in the framework of paraxial approach, where the paraxial wave equation is viewed as the Schrodinger's wave equation of quantum theory. The time variable of the Schrodinger's equation plays the role of a coordinate along the propagation axis. From this point of view, a formal analogy among the wave optics and quantum mechanics is constructed. In this work, the impulse response function (IRF) for a thick lens is obtained, and from this, the well known corresponding matrix transformation in classical optics is deduced.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRIAO/OPTILAS 2007 - 6th Ibero-American Conference on Optics (RIAO) and the 9th Latin-American Meeting on Optics, Lasers and Applications (OPTILAS)
    Pages1329-1334
    Number of pages6
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2008
    Event6th Ibero-American Conference onOptics and 9th Latin-American Meeting on Optics, Lasers and Applications, RIAO/OPTILAS 2007 - Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Duration: 21 Oct 200726 Oct 2007

    Publication series

    NameAIP Conference Proceedings
    Volume992
    ISSN (Print)0094-243X
    ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

    Conference

    Conference6th Ibero-American Conference onOptics and 9th Latin-American Meeting on Optics, Lasers and Applications, RIAO/OPTILAS 2007
    Country/TerritoryBrazil
    CityCampinas, Sao Paulo
    Period21/10/0726/10/07

    Keywords

    • Paraxial optics
    • Thick lens
    • Transmission operator

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