A recently proposed ray-based method for wave propagation is used to provide a meaningful criterion for the validity of rays in wave theory. This method assigns a Gaussian contribution to each ray in order to estimate the field. Such contributions are inherently flexible. By means of a simple example, it is shown that superior field estimates can result when the contributions are no longer forced to evolve like parabasal beamlets.
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|