We present a simple and efficient method to convert a Gaussian laser beam into a Bessel-like beam with a long and narrow focal line by using a nematic liquid crystal with a high third-order nonlinearity.
© 2006 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 13, 2005
Revised Manuscript: September 26, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: October 11, 2005
Antti Hakola, Andriy Shevchenko, Scott C. Buchter, Matti Kaivola, and Nelson V. Tabiryan, "Creation of a narrow Bessel-like laser beam using a nematic liquid crystal," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 23, 637-641 (2006)