We define the width, divergence, and curvature radius for non-Gaussian and nonspherical light beams. A complex beam parameter is also defined as a function of the three previous ones. We then prove that the ABCD law remains valid for transforming the new complex beam parameter when a non-Gaussian and nonspherical, orthogonal, or cylindrical symmetric laser beam passes through a real ABCD optical system. The product of the minimum width multiplied by the divergence of the beam is invariant under ABCD transformations. Some examples are given.
© 1992 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 26, 1991
Published: October 20, 1992
Miguel A. Porras, Javier Alda, and Eusebio Bernabeu, "Complex beam parameter and ABCD law for non-Gaussian and nonspherical light beams," Appl. Opt. 31, 6389-6402 (1992)