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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 15 — Jul. 16, 2012
  • pp: 17160–17173

Nonparaxial propagation of an elegant Laguerre-Gaussian beam orthogonal to the optical axis of a uniaxial crystal

Yongzhou Ni and Guoquan Zhou  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 15, pp. 17160-17173 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.017160


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Abstract

Analytical expressions of the nonparaxial propagation of even and odd elegant Laguerre-Gaussian beams orthogonal to the optical axis of a uniaxial crystal are derived. The intensity distributions of even and odd elegant Laguerre-Gaussian beams and their three components propagating in uniaxial crystals orthogonal to the optical axis are illustrated by numerical examples. Even though one of the two transversal components of even and odd elegant Laguerre-Gaussian beams in the input plane is set to be zero, this transversal and the longitudinal components have nonzero intensities and cannot be neglected upon propagation inside the uniaxial crystal. The evolution laws of even and odd elegant Laguerre-Gaussian beams propagating in uniaxial crystals orthogonal to the optical axis are also demonstrated. The intensity distributions of even and odd elegant Laguerre-Gaussian beams can be modulated by the uniaxial crystal, which is beneficial to the some applications involving in the special beam profile.

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OCIS Codes
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 23, 2012
Revised Manuscript: June 28, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 9, 2012
Published: July 12, 2012

Citation
Yongzhou Ni and Guoquan Zhou, "Nonparaxial propagation of an elegant Laguerre-Gaussian beam orthogonal to the optical axis of a uniaxial crystal," Opt. Express 20, 17160-17173 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-15-17160


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