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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2012
  • pp: 990–996

Propagation of vectorial laser beams

Peter Muys  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 29, Issue 5, pp. 990-996 (2012)

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The angular spectrum of a vectorial laser beam is expressed in terms of an intrinsic coordinate system instead of the usual Cartesian laboratory coordinates. This switch leads to simple, elegant, and new expressions, such as for the angular spectrum of the Hertz vectors corresponding to the electromagnetic fields. As an application of this approach, we consider axially symmetric vector beams, showing nondiffracting properties of these beams, without invoking the paraxial approximation.

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OCIS Codes
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: December 19, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 23, 2012
Published: April 18, 2012

Peter Muys, "Propagation of vectorial laser beams," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 990-996 (2012)

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