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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2003
  • pp: 595–597

Virtual source for a Hermite-Gauss beam

S. R. Seshadri  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 8, pp. 595-597 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.28.000595


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Abstract

A virtual source that generates a Hermite–Gauss wave of mode numbers <i>m</i> and <i>n</i> is introduced. An expression is obtained for this Hermite–Gauss wave. From this expression, the paraxial approximation and the first 3 orders of nonparaxial corrections for the corresponding paraxial Hermite–Gauss beam are determined. When both <i>m</i> and <i>n</i> are even, leading to maximum amplitude along the axis, the number of orders of nonvanishing nonparaxial corrections is found to be equal to (<i>m</i> + n)/2.

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OCIS Codes
(010.3310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Laser beam transmission
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

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S. R. Seshadri, "Virtual source for a Hermite-Gauss beam," Opt. Lett. 28, 595-597 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-28-8-595


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