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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 12 — Jun. 4, 2012
  • pp: 13201–13207

Conical diffraction of a Gaussian beam with a two crystal cascade

C. F. Phelan, K. E. Ballantine, P. R. Eastham, J. F. Donegan, and J. G. Lunney  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 12, pp. 13201-13207 (2012)

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Internal conical diffraction by biaxial crystals with aligned optic axes, known as cascade conical diffraction is investigated. Formulae giving the intensity distributions for a cascade conically diffracted Gaussian beam are shown to compare well with experiment for the cases of two biaxial crystals with the same and different lengths and with the second crystal rotated with respect to the first. The effects of placing half wave-plates between crystals are also investigated.

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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: April 27, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 20, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 21, 2012
Published: May 25, 2012

C. F. Phelan, K. E. Ballantine, P. R. Eastham, J. F. Donegan, and J. G. Lunney, "Conical diffraction of a Gaussian beam with a two crystal cascade," Opt. Express 20, 13201-13207 (2012)

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