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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2003
  • pp: 2163–2171

Optical propagation in uniaxial crystals orthogonal to the optical axis: paraxial theory and beyond

Alessandro Ciattoni and Claudio Palma  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 20, Issue 11, pp. 2163-2171 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.20.002163


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Abstract

We describe monochromatic light propagation in uniaxial crystals by means of an exact solution of Maxwell’s equations. We subsequently develop a paraxial scheme for describing a beam traveling orthogonal to the optical axis. We show that the Cartesian field components parallel and orthogonal to the optical axis are extraordinary and ordinary, respectively, and hence uncoupled. The ordinary component exhibits a standard Fresnel behavior, whereas the extraordinary one exhibits interesting anisotropic diffraction dynamics. We interpret the anisotropic diffraction as a composition of two spatial geometrical affinities and a single Fresnel propagation step. As an application, we obtain the analytical expression of the extraordinary Gaussian beam. We then derive the first nonparaxial correction to the paraxial beam, thus giving a scheme for describing slightly nonparaxial fields. We find that nonparaxiality couples the Cartesian components of the field and that the resultant longitudinal component is greater than the correction to the transverse component orthogonal to the optical axis. Finally, we derive the analytical expression for the nonparaxial correction to the paraxial Gaussian beam.

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

History
Original Manuscript: May 6, 2003
Revised Manuscript: July 11, 2003
Manuscript Accepted: July 21, 2003
Published: November 1, 2003

Citation
Alessandro Ciattoni and Claudio Palma, "Optical propagation in uniaxial crystals orthogonal to the optical axis: paraxial theory and beyond," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 20, 2163-2171 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-20-11-2163

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