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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2001
  • pp: 1579–1587

High-aperture beams

Colin J. R. Sheppard  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 18, Issue 7, pp. 1579-1587 (2001)

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Beams of a high angle of convergence and divergence are called high-aperture beams. Different ways of defining high-aperture generalizations to paraxial beams are reviewed for both scalar beams and electromagnetic beams. The different approaches are divided into three types. The particular examples of Gaussian beams and Bessel beams are discussed. For Gaussian beams, beams that exhibit a Gaussian variation in the waist necessarily include evanescent components, which rules out their use in describing propagation over all space. Generalizations of the definitions of beam width and the beam-propagation factor M2 for high-aperture beams are described. The similarities among the three types of high-aperture beams and the different models of ultrashort-pulsed beams are discussed.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.3310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Laser beam transmission
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics

Original Manuscript: September 11, 2000
Revised Manuscript: December 2, 2000
Manuscript Accepted: December 2, 2000
Published: July 1, 2001

Colin J. R. Sheppard, "High-aperture beams," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 1579-1587 (2001)

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