Abstract

A simple operator symbolism is proposed for describing paraxial propagation with a combination of plane-wave spectra and Fresnel diffraction concepts. When it is applied to typical optical configurations, the symbolism permits rapid calculation of the operator characterizing the overall system. Applied to inhomogeneous and nonlinear media, it describes the various split-step wave-propagation algorithms conveniently and plausibly.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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A. Korpel, H. H. Lin, and D. J. Mehrl, "Convenient operator formalism for Fourier optics and inhomogeneous and nonlinear wave propagation: errata," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 6, 1959-1959 (1989)
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