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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2634–2636

Direct generation of accelerating Airy beams using a 3 2 phase-only pattern

Don M. Cottrell, Jeffrey A. Davis, and Thomas M. Hazard  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 17, pp. 2634-2636 (2009)

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Accelerated Airy beams have previously been generated using a cubic phase pattern that represents the Fourier transform of the Airy beam. The Fourier transform of this pattern is formed using a system length of 2 f , where f is the focal length of the Fourier transform lens. In this work, we directly generate the Airy beam using a 3 2 phase pattern encoded onto an LCD. Experimental results show a deflection that depends on the square of the distance from the LCD and match theoretical predictions. However the system length is much shorter.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(100.5090) Image processing : Phase-only filters
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: June 5, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 6, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 6, 2009
Published: August 25, 2009

Don M. Cottrell, Jeffrey A. Davis, and Thomas M. Hazard, "Direct generation of accelerating Airy beams using a 3/2 phase-only pattern," Opt. Lett. 34, 2634-2636 (2009)

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