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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 3 — Feb. 6, 2006
  • pp: 1086–1093

On the control of the spatial orientation of the transverse profile of a light beam

R. Martínez-Herrero and P. M. Mejías  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 3, pp. 1086-1093 (2006)

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A first-order optical system (represented by its 4×4 ABCD matrix) is given in order to obtain a beam that preserves its spatial orientation of the transverse profile under free propagation from a beam with rotating irradiance distribution in free space. Within the formalism of the second-order irradiance moments, this transverse orientation is analyzed in terms of the evolution of the principal axes of the field irradiance distribution. It is shown that the spatial profile of the beam emerging from the proposed optical system does not rotate when light freely propagates. The improvement of the joint near-field and far-field beam spread product at the output of this optical system is also studied.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: October 31, 2005
Revised Manuscript: December 27, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: January 27, 2006
Published: February 6, 2006

R. Martínez-Herrero and P. Mejías, "On the control of the spatial orientation of the transverse profile of a light beam," Opt. Express 14, 1086-1093 (2006)

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