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  • Vol. 6, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1989
  • pp: 150–152

Nondiffracting optical fields: some remarks on their analysis and synthesis

G. Indebetouw  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 6, Issue 1, pp. 150-152 (1989)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.6.000150


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Abstract

Recently Durnin pointed out the existence of nondiffracting beams that propagate in free space with their energy confined around their axis but that experience no spread or divergence [ J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 4, 651 ( 1987)]. This Communication provides an alternative way of interpreting these results. The approach is based on the McCutchen theorem from which the necessary conditions for a nondiffracting field are derived. This description may be useful in suggesting several different means of synthesizing such fields and in providing a convenient way of estimating their practical limitations. Some examples, inspired by known techniques studied for depth of field enhancement, are briefly mentioned.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: February 17, 1988
Manuscript Accepted: July 25, 1988
Published: January 1, 1989

Citation
G. Indebetouw, "Nondiffracting optical fields: some remarks on their analysis and synthesis," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 6, 150-152 (1989)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-6-1-150

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