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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2012
  • pp: 2902–2908

Observation of the Gouy phase anomaly in astigmatic beams

Jannick P. Rolland, Kevin P. Thompson, Kye-Sung Lee, John Tamkin, Jr., Tobias Schmid, and Emil Wolf  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 15, pp. 2902-2908 (2012)

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The Gouy phase anomaly, well established for stigmatic beams, is validated here for astigmatic beams. We simulate the predicted Gouy phase anomaly near astigmatic foci using a beam propagation algorithm integrated within lens design software. We then compare computational results with experimental data acquired using a modified Mertz–Sagnac interferometer. Both in simulation and in experiment, results show that a π / 2 -phase change occurs as the beam passes through each of the astigmatic foci, experimentally validating results derived in a recent paper by Visser and Wolf [Opt. Commun. 283, 3371–3375 (2010)].

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(080.0080) Geometric optics : Geometric optics
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics

ToC Category:
Geometric Optics

Original Manuscript: March 6, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 5, 2012
Published: May 16, 2012

Jannick P. Rolland, Kevin P. Thompson, Kye-Sung Lee, John Tamkin, Tobias Schmid, and Emil Wolf, "Observation of the Gouy phase anomaly in astigmatic beams," Appl. Opt. 51, 2902-2908 (2012)

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