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Optical transformations in three-space: Simulations with a PC
American Journal of Physics (1992)
  • Raymond G Wilson, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Sean M McCreary
  • Jeffrey L Thompson
Using Fourier transform and convolution techniques, it is illustrated how all aspects of Fraunhofer diffraction of virtually any aperture real or complex can be calculated and displayed in two- and three-space using an IBM-compatible PC. Details of program commands using software Matlab are illustrated as well as results of plotting software Surfer. Fresnel diffraction is illustrated using Fourier transformation.
  • Fourier transform,
  • Fraunhofer diffraction,
  • Optics,
  • PC simulations
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The American Journal of Physics is published by the American Association of Physics Teachers.
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Raymond G Wilson, Sean M McCreary and Jeffrey L Thompson. "Optical transformations in three-space: Simulations with a PC" American Journal of Physics Vol. 60 (1992) p. 49 - 56 ISSN: 0002-9505
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