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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

| OPTICS, IMAGE SCIENCE, AND VISION

  • Vol. 8, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1991
  • pp: 705–717

Diffraction effects in directed radiation beams

B. Hafizi and P. Sprangle  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 8, Issue 5, pp. 705-717 (1991)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.8.000705


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Abstract

A number of proposed applications of electromagnetic waves require that the radiation beam maintain a high intensity over an appreciable propagation distance. These applications include, among others, power beaming, advanced radar, laser acceleration of particles, and directed-energy sources. The quest to achieve these objectives has led to a resurgence of research on diffraction theory. We present a survey and critique of the analyses and experimental tests of solutions of the wave equation in connection with so-called diffractionless and other directed radiation beams. The examples discussed include electromagnetic missiles, Bessel beams, electromagnetic directed-energy pulse trains, and electromagnetic bullets.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: February 20, 1990
Manuscript Accepted: November 1, 1990
Published: May 1, 1991

Citation
B. Hafizi and P. Sprangle, "Diffraction effects in directed radiation beams," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 8, 705-717 (1991)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-8-5-705

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