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# Gaussian sharp-edge diffraction: a paraxial revisitation of Miyamoto-Wolf's theory

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posted on 2023-11-30, 06:49 authored by Riccardo BorghiA "genuinely" paraxial version of Miyamoto-Wolf's theory aimed at dealing with sharp-edge diffraction under Gaussian beam illumination is presented. The theoretical analysis is carried out in such a way the well known Young-Maggi-Rubinowicz boundary diffraction wave theory can be extended to deal with Gaussian beams in an apparently straightforward way. The key for achieving such an extension is the introduction of suitable "complex angles" within the integral representations of the geometrical and BDW components of the total diffracted wavefield. Surprisingly enough, such a simple (although not rigorously justified) mathematical generalization seems to work well within the complex Gaussian realm. The resulting integrals provide meaningful quantities that, once suitably combined, give rise to predictions which are in perfect agreement with results already obtained in the past. An interesting and still open theoretical question about how to evaluate "Gaussian geometrical shadows" for arbitrarily shaped apertures is also discussed.