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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2013
  • pp: 2218–2220

Arbitrary nonparaxial accelerating periodic beams and spherical shaping of light

A. Mathis, F. Courvoisier, R. Giust, L. Furfaro, M. Jacquot, L. Froehly, and J. M. Dudley  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 13, pp. 2218-2220 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.002218


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Abstract

We report the observation of arbitrary accelerating beams (ABs) designed using a nonparaxial description of optical caustics. We use a spatial light modulator-based setup and techniques of Fourier optics to generate circular and Weber beams subtending over 95 deg of arc. Applying a complementary binary mask also allows the generation of periodic ABs taking the forms of snake-like trajectories, and the application of a rotation to the caustic allows the first experimental synthesis of optical ABs upon the surface of a sphere in three dimensions.

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OCIS Codes
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation
(350.7420) Other areas of optics : Waves
(070.3185) Fourier optics and signal processing : Invariant optical fields
(070.7345) Fourier optics and signal processing : Wave propagation
(070.6120) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spatial light modulators

ToC Category:
Fourier Optics and Signal Processing

History
Original Manuscript: April 11, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 24, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 24, 2013
Published: June 21, 2013

Citation
A. Mathis, F. Courvoisier, R. Giust, L. Furfaro, M. Jacquot, L. Froehly, and J. M. Dudley, "Arbitrary nonparaxial accelerating periodic beams and spherical shaping of light," Opt. Lett. 38, 2218-2220 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-13-2218

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