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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2010
  • pp: 1840–1850

Tilted Gaussian beam propagation in inhomogeneous media

Yakir Hadad and Timor Melamed  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 27, Issue 8, pp. 1840-1850 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.27.001840


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Abstract

The present work is concerned with applying a ray-centered non-orthogonal coordinate system which is a priori matched to linearly-phased localized aperture field distributions. The resulting beam-waveobjects serve as the building blocks for beam-type spectral expansions of aperture fields in 2D inhomogeneous media that are characterized by a generic wave-velocity profile. By applying a rigorous paraxial-asymptotic analysis, a novel parabolic wave equation is obtained and termed “Non-orthogonal domain parabolic equation”—NoDope. Tilted Gaussian beams, which are exact solutions to this equation, match Gaussian aperture distributions over a plane that is tilted with respect to the beam-axes initial directions. A numerical example, which demonstrates the enhanced accuracy of the tilted Gaussian beams over the conventional ones, is presented as well.

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OCIS Codes
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics
(080.2720) Geometric optics : Mathematical methods (general)
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Fourier Optics and Signal Processing

History
Original Manuscript: April 26, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 11, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 16, 2010
Published: July 22, 2010

Citation
Yakir Hadad and Timor Melamed, "Tilted Gaussian beam propagation in inhomogeneous media," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27, 1840-1850 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-27-8-1840

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