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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 20 — Sep. 28, 2009
  • pp: 18148–18164

Spatiotemporal bessel beams: theory and experiments

Michaël Dallaire, Nathalie McCarthy, and Michel Piché  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 20, pp. 18148-18164 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.018148


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Abstract

We describe a family of dispersion-free and diffraction-free optical beams consisting in two-dimensional wave packets with a spatiotemporal Bessel (STB) profile propagating in media with anomalous dispersion. We also describe quasi-invariant optical beams with a spatiotemporal Bessel-Gauss (STBG) profile; these wave packets have finite dimensions and energy, conditions to be representative of physical beams. The paper provides a detailed account of the properties of STB and STBG beams, including their spatially resolved frequency spectrum, their far-field behaviour and a comparison of the propagation of STBG beams with that of Gaussian wave packets. An experimental setup based on a folded pulse shaper has allowed to generate STBG beams using the ultrashort pulses from a Ti:sapphire laser. The analysis of the spatially resolved frequency spectrum and of the spatial and temporal profiles obtained experimentally shows good agreement with theory.

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OCIS Codes
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 9, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 15, 2009
Published: September 24, 2009

Citation
Michaël Dallaire, Nathalie McCarthy, and Michel Piché, "Spatiotemporal bessel beams:
theory and experiments," Opt. Express 17, 18148-18164 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-20-18148


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