INSTITUTE OF APPLIED PHYSICS - Rigorous and efficient propagation of general fields through plane interfaces
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Rigorous and efficient propagation of general fields through plane interfaces

In optical modeling and design, a field tilting operation is often needed, e.g., the propagation of a harmonic field between non-parallel planes, since most of the existing propagation operators only deal with the case of propagation between parallel planes. Such operator enables the modeling of various optical components, like the case of prisms and tolerance with tilted components (see figure). The tilt operator is a rigorous method to calculate vectorial harmonic fields on tilted planes. The theory applies a non-equidistant sampling in the k-space of the field before rotation in order to obtain an equidistant sampling of the rotated field.

Tolerance of optical system
Figure: Tolerance of optical system with a tilted lens. Two methods, on left and right side, can be used for propagation of harmonic field through such system.