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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 35 — Dec. 10, 2013
  • pp: 8572–8575

Characterization of a refractive linear axicon with distant depth of field and no central blocking

Brahim Chebbi, Ilya Golub, and Pavel Breygin  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 35, pp. 8572-8575 (2013)

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We report the manufacturing and characterization of a refractive linear axicon producing a linearly increasing axial intensity Bessel-type beam over a predetermined range starting away from the axicon and without central blocking when illuminated by a plane wave. This is in contrast to a classical axicon that generates a diffraction-free beam starting from the axicon tip and extending to a range limited by the input beam aperture. The measured characteristics of the beam produced by the linear axicon, including its intensity distribution and spot size, are in good agreement with the theoretical predictions. Together with logarithmic axicon and exicon, this is another element of the axicon family that can generate a prescribed intensity distribution over a chosen range/depth of field.

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OCIS Codes
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(070.3185) Fourier optics and signal processing : Invariant optical fields
(070.7345) Fourier optics and signal processing : Wave propagation

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: September 17, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 10, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 15, 2013
Published: December 9, 2013

Brahim Chebbi, Ilya Golub, and Pavel Breygin, "Characterization of a refractive linear axicon with distant depth of field and no central blocking," Appl. Opt. 52, 8572-8575 (2013)

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