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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 17 — Aug. 22, 2005
  • pp: 6657–6666

White light propagation invariant beams

P. Fischer, C.T.A. Brown, J.E. Morris, C. López-Mariscal, E.M. Wright, W. Sibbett, and K. Dholakia  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 17, pp. 6657-6666 (2005)

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Propagation invariant light fields such as Bessel light beams are of interest in a variety of current areas such as micromanipulation of atoms and mesoscopic particles, laser plasmas, and the study of optical angular momentum. Considering the optical fields as a superposition of conical waves, we discuss how the coherence properties of light play a key role in their formation. As an example, we show that Bessel beams can be created from temporally incoherent broadband light sources including a halogen bulb. By using a supercontinuum source we elucidate how the beam behaves as a function of bandwidth of the incident light field.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(090.1970) Holography : Diffractive optics
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: July 18, 2005
Revised Manuscript: August 17, 2005
Published: August 22, 2005

Pascal Fischer, C. Brown, J. Morris, C. López-Mariscal, E. Wright, W. Sibbett, and K. Dholakia, "White light propagation invariant beams," Opt. Express 13, 6657-6666 (2005)

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