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far-field diffraction pattern
The diffraction pattern of a source (such as an LED, ILD, or the output end of an optical fiber) observed at an infinite distance from the source. Note 1: A far-field pattern exists at distances that are large compared with s2/, where s is a characteristic dimension of the source and is the wavelength. For example, if the source is a uniformly illuminated circle, then s is the radius of the circle. Note 2: The far-field diffraction pattern of a source may be observed at infinity or (except for scale) in the focal plane of a well-corrected lens. The far-field pattern of a diffracting screen illuminated by a point source may be observed in the image plane of the source. Synonym Fraunhofer diffraction pattern.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
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