# CGH: Philosophical Overview

## Slit Diffraction

### Single Aperture

Figure 1

As has been detailed in an accompanying discussion, we consider, first, the amplitude (and phase) of light that is incident at a location $~y_1$ on an image screen that is located a distance $~Z$ from a slit of width $~w = (Y_1 - Y_2) = 2c$. The amplitude is given by the expression,

 $~A(y_1)$ $~=$ $~\sum_j a_j \biggl[ \cos\biggl(\frac{2\pi D_j}{\lambda} + \phi_j \biggr) + i \sin\biggl(\frac{2\pi D_j}{\lambda} + \phi_j \biggr) \biggr] \, ,$

where,

 $~D_j$ $~=$ $~ L \biggl[1 - \frac{2y_1 Y_j}{L^2} + \frac{Y_j^2}{L^2} \biggr]^{1 / 2} \, ,$

and,

 $~L$ $~\equiv$ $~ [Z^2 + y_1^2 ]^{1 / 2} \, .$