Theoretical topics encountered in engineering analysis of diffraction-free beams are addressed. These topics are the following: synthesizing a class of diffraction-free beams with noncircular transverse irradiance distributions, e.g., elliptical beams; the effect of Gaussian apodization on sidelobe control; and mode selection that allows one to synthesize a nearly diffraction-free beam with a certain depth of field. The focusing properties of Bessel–Gaussian beams will be investigated the future.
© 2001 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: August 7, 2000
Revised Manuscript: January 22, 2001
Published: June 1, 2001
Yajun Li, Vladimir Gurevich, Mark Krichever, Joseph Katz, and Emanuel Marom, "Propagation of anisotropic Bessel–Gaussian beams: sidelobe control, mode selection, and field depth," Appl. Opt. 40, 2709-2721 (2001)