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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

| OPTICS, IMAGE SCIENCE, AND VISION

  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2010
  • pp: 663–670

Diffraction-free beams in thin films

Carlos J. Zapata-Rodríguez and Juan J. Miret  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 27, Issue 3, pp. 663-670 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.27.000663


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Abstract

The propagation and transmission of Bessel beams through nano-layered structures has been discussed recently. Within this framework we recognize the formation of unguided diffraction-free waves with the spot size approaching and occasionally surpassing the limit of a wavelength when a Bessel beam of any order n is launched onto a thin material slab with grazing incidence. On the basis of the plane-wave representation of cylindrical waves, a simple model is introduced providing an exact description of the transverse pattern of this type of diffraction-suppressed localized wave. Potential applications in surface science are put forward for consideration.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(310.6870) Thin films : Thin films, other properties
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 27, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 15, 2010
Published: February 26, 2010

Citation
Carlos J. Zapata-Rodríguez and Juan J. Miret, "Diffraction-free beams in thin films," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27, 663-670 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-27-3-663

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