A probe-corrected theory based on complex point sources is presented for computing the acoustic field of an arbitrary finite source from measurements of the near field on a cylindrical scanning surface. The complex point sources are used both as basis functions for the expansion of the field outside the scan cylinder and for the representation of the probe. The resulting probe-corrected formulas are considerably simpler than the standard probe-corrected formulas based on cylindrical waves. The new formulation makes simulations of near-field scanning systems much less computationally intensive than simulations based on standard theory. The complex point-source theory is validated through numerical examples involving a baffled circular piston transducer probe. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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