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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 29, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 1990
  • pp: 4441–4446

Ronchi ruling characterization of axially symmetric laser beams

Robert M. O’Connell and Cheng-Hao Chen  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 29, Issue 30, pp. 4441-4446 (1990)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.29.004441


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Abstract

The application of the Ronchi ruling beam characterization method to axially symmetric optical beams is analyzed. Specific results are derived for the Airy and focused annulus diffraction patterns. Plots of the ratio of minimum to maximum transmitted optical power vs the first null radius of the beam functions show that for the Airy pattern and other focused annuli with obscuration ratios smaller than ~0.30, the method should be as useful as with Gaussian beams.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: June 8, 1989
Published: October 20, 1990

Citation
Robert M. O’Connell and Cheng-Hao Chen, "Ronchi ruling characterization of axially symmetric laser beams," Appl. Opt. 29, 4441-4446 (1990)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-29-30-4441

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