Two implementations are identified to create a Bessel beam directly, i.e. without the spatial filtering of an initially Gaussian beam. The first implementation is based on a resonator configuration whose lowest-loss transverse mode is a Bessel beam. Numerical simulation to corroborate the geometrical optical arguments is presented. The second implementation is based on the theorem that the angular-plane wave spectrum of a Bessel beam is composed of a cone of wave vectors. This cone is also generated through a phase-matching condition in a four-wave mixing process. This leads to the conclusion that anti-Stokes radiation generated in a nonlinear material will leave the substrate under the form of a Bessel beam.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 1, 2002
Revised Manuscript: July 30, 2002
Published: October 20, 2002
Peter Muys and Eefje Vandamme, "Direct generation of bessel beams," Appl. Opt. 41, 6375-6379 (2002)