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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2010
  • pp: 2828–2830

Characterization of a refractive logarithmic axicon

Ilya Golub, Brahim Chebbi, Dagan Shaw, and Dariusz Nowacki  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 16, pp. 2828-2830 (2010)

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We show that it is feasible to design and manufacture a refractive logarithmic axicon that generates a quasi- diffraction-free/Bessel beam with nearly constant beam size and intensity over a predetermined range. The novel optical element was characterized with both coherent and incoherent light, and good correspondence with the predicted behavior of the intensity distribution and spot size was found. The energy flow was also found to be nearly constant over most of the designed range. Logarithmic axicons may find applications in situations where large depth of field and uniform axial intensity/energy distributions are important.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(070.3185) Fourier optics and signal processing : Invariant optical fields
(070.7345) Fourier optics and signal processing : Wave propagation

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: June 4, 2010
Revised Manuscript: July 21, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: July 22, 2010
Published: August 13, 2010

Ilya Golub, Brahim Chebbi, Dagan Shaw, and Dariusz Nowacki, "Characterization of a refractive logarithmic axicon," Opt. Lett. 35, 2828-2830 (2010)

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