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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2001
  • pp: 177–184

Relationship between elegant Laguerre–Gauss and Bessel–Gauss beams

Miguel A. Porras, Riccardo Borghi, and Massimo Santarsiero  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 18, Issue 1, pp. 177-184 (2001)

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We show that the elegant Laguerre–Gauss light beams of high radial order n are asymptotically equal to Bessel–Gauss light beams. The Bessel–Gauss beam equivalent to each elegant Laguerre–Gauss beam is found and shown to have almost identical propagation factors M2. In the limit n→∞, elegant Laguerre–Gauss beams can be identified with Durnin’s Bessel beam. Our results suggest a new experimental procedure for generating light beams with nondiffractinglike properties directly from the output of a stable resonator.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

Miguel A. Porras, Riccardo Borghi, and Massimo Santarsiero, "Relationship between elegant Laguerre–Gauss and Bessel–Gauss beams," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 177-184 (2001)

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