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Rationalized diffraction calculations for high accuracy and high speed with few bits

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posted on 2023-11-08, 09:09 authored by Soma Fujimori, Tomoyoshi Ito, Tomoyoshi Shimobaba
Diffraction calculations in few-bit formats, such as single-precision floating-point and fixed-point numbers, are important because they yield faster calculations and lower memory usage. However, these methods suffer from low accuracy owing to the loss of trailing digits. Fresnel diffraction is widely known to prevent the loss of trailing digits. However, it can only be used when the paraxial approximation is valid. In this study, a few-bit diffraction calculation method that achieves high accuracy without using any approximation is proposed. The proposed method is derived only by rationalizing the numerator of conventional formulas. Even for scenarios requiring double-precision floating-point numbers using conventional methods, the proposed method exhibits higher accuracy and faster computation time using single-precision floating-point numbers.


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Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (19H01097,22H03607); Institute for Advanced Academic Research, Chiba University

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