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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 15 — Jul. 20, 2009
  • pp: 12891–12899

Conical diffraction and Bessel beam formation with a high optical quality biaxial crystal

C. F. Phelan, D. P. O’Dwyer, Y. P. Rakovich, J. F. Donegan, and J. G. Lunney  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 15, pp. 12891-12899 (2009)

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The manipulation of a Gaussian laser beam using conical diffraction in a high optical quality biaxial crystal of KGd(WO4)2 has been examined in detail with emphasis on the experimental techniques involved and intuitive explanations of the notable features. Two different optical arrangements were used to form the Pogendorff double-ring light pattern in the focal image plane. The formation of both diverging and non-diverging zeroth and first order Bessel beams was investigated. The various intensity distributions and polarization properties were measured and compared with the predictions of well-established theory.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: May 26, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 26, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 29, 2009
Published: July 13, 2009

C. F. Phelan, D. P. O’Dwyer, Y. P. Rakovich, J. F. Donegan, and J. G. Lunney, "Conical diffraction and Bessel beam formation with a high optical quality biaxial crystal," Opt. Express 17, 12891-12899 (2009)

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