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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2211–2218

Closed-form bases for the description of monochromatic, strongly focused, electromagnetic fields

Nicole J. Moore and Miguel A. Alonso  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 26, Issue 10, pp. 2211-2218 (2009)

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A procedure is proposed for generating rigorous closed-form orthonormal bases for the expansion of strongly focused (high-numerical-aperture), monochromatic, electromagnetic fields. The performance of three such bases is tested in terms of a parameter that determines their directional spread, for several truncation orders. Simple example fields corresponding to beams with differing polarizations focused by a thin lens are expanded in terms of these bases.

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OCIS Codes
(000.3860) General : Mathematical methods in physics
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: July 13, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 21, 2009
Published: September 22, 2009

Nicole J. Moore and Miguel A. Alonso, "Closed-form bases for the description of monochromatic, strongly focused, electromagnetic fields," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 26, 2211-2218 (2009)

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