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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2012
  • pp: 5003–5005

Bessel-like optical beams with arbitrary trajectories

Ioannis D. Chremmos, Zhigang Chen, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and Nikolaos K. Efremidis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 23, pp. 5003-5005 (2012)

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A method is proposed for generating Bessel-like optical beams with arbitrary trajectories in free space. The method involves phase-modulating an optical wavefront so that conical bundles of rays are formed whose apexes write a continuous focal curve with pre-specified shape. These ray cones have circular bases on the input plane; thus their interference results in a Bessel-like transverse field profile that propagates along the specified trajectory with a remarkably invariant main lobe. Such beams can be useful as hybrids between non-accelerating and accelerating optical waves that share diffraction-resisting and self-healing properties.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: September 27, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 19, 2012
Published: November 30, 2012

Ioannis D. Chremmos, Zhigang Chen, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and Nikolaos K. Efremidis, "Bessel-like optical beams with arbitrary trajectories," Opt. Lett. 37, 5003-5005 (2012)

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