Generalized Ray Optics and Wavefield Interference

  title={Generalized Ray Optics and Wavefield Interference},
  author={Robert Arthur Lee},
For systems in which the phase of the optical field function is a separable function of its coordinates, such as planar and cylindrical optical waveguide systems, it is shown that the generalized optical ray paths are equivalent to lines of constructive interference in the total wavefield in the system. As an application of the theory, it is shown how to calculate the constructive interference paths for the linear slab waveguide. This example illustrates the two main advantages of the exact ray… CONTINUE READING

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