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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Steven A. Burns
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2007
  • pp: 2844–2849

Negative propagation of vector Bessel beams

Andrey V. Novitsky and Denis V. Novitsky  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 24, Issue 9, pp. 2844-2849 (2007)

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Energy characteristics of the superposition of TE- and TM-polarized electromagnetic Bessel beams are studied. For some phase differences between TE and TM waves the components of the Poynting vector vary in sign. We call this situation “negative propagation,” because locally the beam may behave like a wave propagating in the direction opposite to the conventional one. We predict the following phenomena, which should confirm negative beam propagation: reflection of the beam from a circular aperture and unusual movement of microparticles in the beam.

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OCIS Codes
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: May 14, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 25, 2007
Published: August 14, 2007

Andrey V. Novitsky and Denis V. Novitsky, "Negative propagation of vector Bessel beams," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 24, 2844-2849 (2007)

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