What is it about?
This book describes how to do computer simulations of light propagation. The methodology used the linear systems framework of Fourier optics. A key tool used in the simulations for computational efficiency is the fast Fourier transform. Readers progress through the basics of Maxwell's equations, two-dimensional Fourier transforms and related computations, light propagation through vacuum and simple optical systems, proper grid sampling, and light propagation through atmospheric turbulence. The material is written at a graduate level with the assumption that the reader has some background in Fourier optics.
Why is it important?
People who design optical systems and need to account for diffraction effects should read this book and learn the techniques that it describes. This book is particularly beneficial for those who deal with lidar, free-space optical communication, long-range imaging, active imaging, and laser beam projection.
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