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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 36 — Dec. 20, 2011
  • pp: 6627–6631

Generation of high quality Airy beams with blazed micro-optical cubic phase plates

Jingang Wang, Jing Bu, Mingwei Wang, Yong Yang, and Xiaocong Yuan  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 36, pp. 6627-6631 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.50.006627


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Abstract

We design and fabricate a hybrid refractive–diffractive cubic phase plate (CPP) with a combined conventional blazed grating for generating high quality Airy beams. The grating enables elimination of direct incident illumination in the reconstructed beam. The CPP is fabricated in a negative photoresist on a substrate by laser direct writing lithography with precise exposure control of gray scales. Experimentally measured intensity distribution of the Airy beam is found in good agreement with the theoretical predictions. Furthermore, self-healing and nondiffraction properties of the Airy beam are verified experimentally. The proposed method gives rise to a simple, reliable, and low-cost micro-optical element solution for the generation of high quality Airy beams.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(100.5090) Image processing : Phase-only filters
(220.3740) Optical design and fabrication : Lithography
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

History
Original Manuscript: July 15, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 8, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 8, 2011
Published: December 15, 2011

Citation
Jingang Wang, Jing Bu, Mingwei Wang, Yong Yang, and Xiaocong Yuan, "Generation of high quality Airy beams with blazed micro-optical cubic phase plates," Appl. Opt. 50, 6627-6631 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-50-36-6627

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