Wigner optics in the metaxial regime

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A consistent methodology is developed, using the Wigner matrix associated with the Helmholtz equation, to treat metaxial optical systems. The propagation equation of this matrix is derived and its relationship with the corresponding paraxial propagation equation is clarified.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1078/0030-4026-00230

Affiliations: 1: Institute of Physics, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8571, Japan 2: Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Publication date: June 1, 2003

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