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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 15 — Jul. 29, 2013
  • pp: 17951–17960

Discrete-like diffraction dynamics in free space

Armando Perez-Leija, Francisco Soto-Eguibar, Sabino Chavez-Cerda, Alexander Szameit, Hector Moya-Cessa, and Demetrios N. Christodoulides  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 15, pp. 17951-17960 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.017951


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Abstract

We introduce a new class of paraxial optical beams exhibiting discrete-like diffraction patterns reminiscent to those observed in periodic evanescently coupled waveguide lattices. It is demonstrated that such paraxial beams are analytically described in terms of generalized Bessel functions. Such effects are elucidated via pertinent examples.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 22, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 10, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 14, 2013
Published: July 19, 2013

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Armando Perez-Leija, Francisco Soto-Eguibar, Sabino Chavez-Cerda, Alexander Szameit, Hector Moya-Cessa, and Demetrios N. Christodoulides, "Discrete-like diffraction dynamics in free space," Opt. Express 21, 17951-17960 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-15-17951


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