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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2001
  • pp: 2594–2600

Bessel pulse beams and focus wave modes

Colin J. R. Sheppard  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 18, Issue 10, pp. 2594-2600 (2001)

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Free-space propagation of ultrashort pulses is investigated. Space–time couplings are reduced for a particular form of beams that is termed a pulse beam, or a type 3 pulsed beam. General conditions for the formation of pulse beams in the paraxial approximation are presented. The free-space propagation of spatially localized ultrashort laser pulses is investigated. This treatment is based on a particular pulsed form of the well-known Bessel beam, which is termed a Bessel pulse beam. The connections with focus wave modes and X waves are discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(270.5530) Quantum optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses

Original Manuscript: November 7, 2000
Revised Manuscript: March 27, 2001
Manuscript Accepted: April 2, 2001
Published: October 1, 2001

Colin J. R. Sheppard, "Bessel pulse beams and focus wave modes," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 2594-2600 (2001)

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