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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2014
  • pp: 487–492

Comparing efficiency and accuracy of the kinoform and the helical axicon as Bessel–Gauss beam generators

Victor Arrizón, Ulises Ruiz, Dilia Aguirre-Olivas, David Sánchez-de-la-Llave, and Andrey S. Ostrovsky  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 31, Issue 3, pp. 487-492 (2014)

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We compare two phase optical elements that are employed to generate approximate Bessel–Gauss beams of arbitrary order. These elements are the helical axicon (HA) and the kinoform of the desired Bessel–Gauss beam. The HA generates a Bessel beam (BB) by free propagation, and the kinoform is employed in a Fourier spatial filtering optical setup. As the main result, it is obtained that the error in the BBs generated with the kinoform is smaller than the error in the beams obtained with the HA. On the other hand, it is obtained that the efficiencies of the methods are approximately 1.0 (HA) and 0.7 (kinoform).

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OCIS Codes
(090.1760) Holography : Computer holography
(090.1970) Holography : Diffractive optics
(350.7420) Other areas of optics : Waves
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: September 12, 2013
Revised Manuscript: December 22, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 24, 2013
Published: February 5, 2014

Victor Arrizón, Ulises Ruiz, Dilia Aguirre-Olivas, David Sánchez-de-la-Llave, and Andrey S. Ostrovsky, "Comparing efficiency and accuracy of the kinoform and the helical axicon as Bessel–Gauss beam generators," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 31, 487-492 (2014)

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