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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 17 — Jun. 10, 2009
  • pp: 3170–3176

Generation of accelerating Airy and accelerating parabolic beams using phase-only patterns

Jeffrey A. Davis, Mark J. Mitry, Miguel A. Bandres, Isaac Ruiz, Kevin P. McAuley, and Don M. Cottrell  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 17, pp. 3170-3176 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.48.003170


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Abstract

We generate both accelerated Airy and accelerated parabolic beams using phase-only patterns encoded onto a liquid crystal display (LCD). The usual system length is 2 f , where f is the focal length of the Fourier transform lens. We develop a compact optical system having a total system length of f. However, the mask must now incorporate the Fresnel diffraction that is not provided by the reduced optical system length. Finally we incorporate the Fourier transform lens onto the mask. We obtain excellent experimental results with a phase-only pattern and a shorter optical system. This approach makes these beams much easier to implement.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(100.5090) Image processing : Phase-only filters
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

History
Original Manuscript: March 24, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 8, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 16, 2009
Published: June 5, 2009

Citation
Jeffrey A. Davis, Mark J. Mitry, Miguel A. Bandres, Isaac Ruiz, Kevin P. McAuley, and Don M. Cottrell, "Generation of accelerating Airy and accelerating parabolic beams using phase-only patterns," Appl. Opt. 48, 3170-3176 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-48-17-3170

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