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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 1999
  • pp: 1677–1681

Diffraction and focusing of extremely short optical pulses: generalization of the Sommerfeld integral

Victor Aleshkevich, Yaroslav Kartashov, and Victor Vysloukh  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 9, pp. 1677-1681 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.38.001677


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Abstract

The Sommerfeld diffraction theory is extended to the case of extremely short pulses. We show that in the far field the energy-density distribution of the diffractional pattern is transformed into a Gaussian distribution, when the plane wave with uniform radial amplitude distribution and one oscillation period falls upon the circular aperture. When one focuses the Gaussian beam with one oscillation period, the energy-density distribution in the focal plane differs from the Gaussian distribution.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.0050) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction and gratings
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(070.0070) Fourier optics and signal processing : Fourier optics and signal processing
(070.2590) Fourier optics and signal processing : ABCD transforms
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena

History
Original Manuscript: June 22, 1998
Revised Manuscript: October 14, 1998
Published: March 20, 1999

Citation
Victor Aleshkevich, Yaroslav Kartashov, and Victor Vysloukh, "Diffraction and focusing of extremely short optical pulses: generalization of the Sommerfeld integral," Appl. Opt. 38, 1677-1681 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-38-9-1677

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