We present an exact mathematical description of beam shaping and indicate that a rigorous solution does not exist: only an optimal solution can be found. An optimization method is proposed to search for the solution. The simulation results for an example are given in detail.
© 1998 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 25, 1997
Revised Manuscript: March 10, 1998
Published: July 10, 1998
Wen-Xiang Cong, Nan-Xian Chen, and Ben-Yuan Gu, "Beam shaping and its solution with the use of an optimization method," Appl. Opt. 37, 4500-4503 (1998)