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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 35, Iss. 4 — Feb. 1, 1996
  • pp: 599–602

Nondiffracting interference patterns generated with programmable spatial light modulators

Jeffrey A. Davis, E. Carcole, and Don M. Cottrell  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 35, Issue 4, pp. 599-602 (1996)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.35.000599


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Abstract

Nondiffracting beams are of interest for optical metrology applications because the size and shape of the beams do not change as the beams propagate. We have created a generating pattern consisting of a linear combination of two nondiffracting patterns. This pattern forms a nondiffracting interference pattern that appears as a circular array of nondiffracting spots. More complicated multiplexed arrays are also constructed that simultaneously yield two different nondiffracting patterns. We generate these Bessel function arrays with a programmable spatial light modulator. Such arrays would be useful for angular alignment and for optical interconnection applications.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: April 21, 1995
Revised Manuscript: October 2, 1995
Published: February 1, 1996

Citation
Jeffrey A. Davis, E. Carcole, and Don M. Cottrell, "Nondiffracting interference patterns generated with programmable spatial light modulators," Appl. Opt. 35, 599-602 (1996)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-35-4-599

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