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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2008
  • pp: 617–619

Sidelobe reduction of tightly focused radially higher-order Laguerre–Gaussian beams using annular masks

Yoshiyuki Ohtake, Taro Ando, Takashi Inoue, Naoya Matsumoto, and Haruyoshi Toyoda  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 6, pp. 617-619 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.000617


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Abstract

We report the reduction of sidelobes in tight focusing patterns of radially higher-order Laguerre–Gaussian (LG) beams with nonhelical phase structures. Numerical calculations based on the vectorial Debye theory reveal that a class of annular masks reduces sidelobes in the tight focusing patterns only for radially even-order LG beams. The present scheme produces small focal spots beyond the diffraction limit suitable for application to scanning microscopy, laser fine processing, etc.

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OCIS Codes
(110.1220) Imaging systems : Apertures
(110.2990) Imaging systems : Image formation theory
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

History
Original Manuscript: October 5, 2007
Revised Manuscript: December 18, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: February 14, 2008
Published: March 14, 2008

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Citation
Yoshiyuki Ohtake, Taro Ando, Takashi Inoue, Naoya Matsumoto, and Haruyoshi Toyoda, "Sidelobe reduction of tightly focused radially higher-order Laguerre-Gaussian beams using annular masks," Opt. Lett. 33, 617-619 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-6-617

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