Gouy Phase Shift

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Hello friends,
Could you please explain me Gouy Phase Shift, i have gone through the wikipedia article and i know that it occurs because of the focusing although i am not able to get a physical picture of the same, so it would be really nice if anyone can explain me in simple words about this phenomenon.

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Vivek.
 

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That's a general phenomenon occuring at caustics. Usually, it is a good approximation to assume that the wave is a plane wave with wavevector given as k=nw/c, where w is the frequency, n the refractive index and c the speed of light in vacuum. Usually the intensity of that wave A varies slowly on a scale 1/k. This assumption breaks down near a caustic or a focal point and the intensity becomes very large over a distance [itex]\Delta x\approx \lambda/2=\pi/k[/itex]. This intensity bump thus shifts the phase of the wave after the focal point.
A more careful analysis starts from the short wavelength asymptotics of the wave equation (WKB approximation), see e.g.:

http://books.google.de/books?id=phb...wBzgo#v=onepage&q=caustic phase shift&f=false
 
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Thank you for your reply.
 

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