Contributor: Stas Fainer

This is a simulation of a Luneburg lens, which is a spherical dielectric with refractive index \(n(\rho) = \sqrt{n_0-(\frac{\rho}{R})^2} \), where \(n_0=2\) is the refractive index in the center of the lens, \(R=100\) is the radius of the lens, and \(\rho\) is the radial distance from the center of the lens.

This simulation shows a Luneburg lens that is composed of \(N=20\) concentric spherical lenses with radius \(R_i=5(N+1-i)\) and refractive index \(n_i = \sqrt{n_0-(\frac{R_i}{R})^2} \), where \(i=1,...,N\). However, since this simulator calculates the effective refractive index of an optical element by multiplying the element's numerical refractive index with the numerical refractive indices of the optical elements which are embedded within it, the numerical refractive index of the \(i\)th concentric spherical lens is given by \(n_{i}^\text{numerical}=\frac{n_i}{\prod\limits_{k=i+1}^{N}n_k}\).