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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1996
  • pp: 9–11

Vector-beam solutions of Maxwell’s wave equation

Dennis G. Hall  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 1, pp. 9-11 (1996)

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The Hermite–Gauss and Laguerre–Gauss modes are well-known beam solutions of the scalar Helmholtz equation in the paraxial limit. As such, they describe linearly polarized fields or single Cartesian components of vector fields. The vector wave equation admits, in the paraxial limit, of a family of localized Bessel–Gauss beam solutions that can describe the entire transverse electric field. Two recently reported solutions are members of this family of vector Bessel–Gauss beam modes.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: September 12, 1995
Published: January 1, 1996

Dennis G. Hall, "Vector-beam solutions of Maxwell’s wave equation," Opt. Lett. 21, 9-11 (1996)

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