# Wave Tracing

Beam Propagation Method in KostaCLOUD

In KostaCLOUD Physical Optics is handled using the Wave-Tracing module (WT) approach provides a

**semi-analytic**approach based on the**fundamental solution**propagating waves using a mixed domain approach via**Rayleigh-Sommerfield**and**Angular Spectrum Method**to solve beam propagation through an optical system. Effectively we are keeping all of our terms in their respective linear spaces to ensure the most accurate solution and apply convolutions to split domains upon evaluation at the detection plane.$u(\vec{r}') = -\frac{i}{\lambda z} \int_S U_0(\vec{r}) \frac{e^{i k r}}{|r|} \cos \chi \text{dA}\\
E(\vec{k_\perp},z) = U_0(\vec{k_\perp}) e^{i \sqrt{\mathbf{k}^2-k_x^2-k_y^2} z}$

The advantages of WT:

- WT is that it is represented in a semi-analytic representation, which is
**exact****until**the final step of**evaluation****on**the**Image Surface**. - WT
**does not require re-sampling**like Gaußlets (Gaussian Beam Decomposition) - WT is
**valid for****all angles**. - WT has
**no aliasing issues**due to convolution kernels. - WT is
**natively****non-sequential**. - WT is valid in
**Near Field**all the way to**Far Field**. - WT is
**Highly Parallelizable**. **No additional setup required**by user to use!**Scattering**,**Vector-Beams**(Polarization),**GRIN**, etc. built into WT framework natively.- These advanced features are coming soon, 2024.

These methods are used to calculate the

**MTF**,**PSF**, and various other**wave****quantities**.

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