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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2001
  • pp: 1656–1661

Vectorial theory of propagation in uniaxially anisotropic media

Alessandro Ciattoni, Bruno Crosignani, and Paolo Di Porto  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 18, Issue 7, pp. 1656-1661 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.18.001656


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Abstract

We describe propagation in a uniaxially anisotropic medium by relying on a suitable plane-wave angular-spectrum representation of the electromagnetic field. We obtain paraxial expressions for both ordinary and extraordinary components that satisfy two decoupled parabolic equations. As an application, we obtain, for a particular input beam (a quasi-Gaussian beam), analytical results that allow us to identify some relevant features of propagation in uniaxial crystals.

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OCIS Codes
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory

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Alessandro Ciattoni, Bruno Crosignani, and Paolo Di Porto, "Vectorial theory of propagation in uniaxially anisotropic media," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 1656-1661 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-18-7-1656

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