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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 7 — Apr. 4, 2005
  • pp: 2364–2369

Observation of parabolic nondiffracting optical fields

Carlos López-Mariscal, Miguel A. Bandres, Julio C. Gutiérrez-Vega, and Sabino Chávez-Cerda  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 7, pp. 2364-2369 (2005)

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We report the first experimental observation of parabolic non-diffracting beams, the fourth fundamental family of propagation-invariant optical fields of the Helmholtz equation. We generate the even and odd stationary parabolic beam and with them we are able to produce traveling parabolic beams. It is observed that these fields exhibit a number of unitary in-line vortices that do not interact on propagation. The experimental transverse patterns show an inherent parabolic structure in good agreement with the theoretical predictions. Our results exhibit a transverse energy flow of traveling beams never observed before.

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

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: February 17, 2005
Revised Manuscript: March 14, 2005
Published: April 4, 2005

Carlos López-Mariscal, Miguel Bandres, Julio Gutiérrez-Vega, and Sabino Chávez-Cerda, "Observation of parabolic nondiffracting optical fields," Opt. Express 13, 2364-2369 (2005)

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