We demonstrate that any two-dimensional accelerating beam can be described in a canonical form in Fourier space. In particular, we demonstrate that there is a one-to-one correspondence between complex functions in the real line (the line spectrum) and accelerating beams. An arbitrary line spectrum can be used to generate novel accelerating beams with diverse transverse shapes. The line spectra for the special cases of the families of Airy and accelerating parabolic beams are provided.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
Diffraction and Gratings
Original Manuscript: September 2, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 7, 2009
Published: December 4, 2009
Miguel A. Bandres, "Accelerating beams," Opt. Lett. 34, 3791-3793 (2009)