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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2000
  • pp: 191–193

Generation of a beam with a dark focus surrounded by regions of higher intensity: the optical bottle beam

J. Arlt and M. J. Padgett  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 25, Issue 4, pp. 191-193 (2000)

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A computer-generated hologram is used to form an optical beam with a localized intensity null at its focus. The beam is a superposition of two Laguerre—Gaussian modes that are phased so that they interfere destructively to give a beam focus that is surrounded in all directions by regions of higher intensity. Beams of this kind will have applications in the optical trapping of macroscopic objects or atoms; hence the term optical bottle beam.

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OCIS Codes
(090.1760) Holography : Computer holography
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping

J. Arlt and M. J. Padgett, "Generation of a beam with a dark focus surrounded by regions of higher intensity: the optical bottle beam," Opt. Lett. 25, 191-193 (2000)

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