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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2002
  • pp: 1007–1009

Light beams with flat-topped profiles

Yajun Li  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 12, pp. 1007-1009 (2002)

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A necessary condition for generating optical beams with a nearly uniform profile at a certain transverse plane is proposed. This proposal leads to the introduction of a set of light beams with flat-topped profiles. This set of beams can be expressed as a finite series of lowest-order Gaussian modes (TEM00) with different parameters. The main features of this set of beams are investigated and compared with those predicted by existing models of flattened Gaussian beams.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

Yajun Li, "Light beams with flat-topped profiles," Opt. Lett. 27, 1007-1009 (2002)

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