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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2012
  • pp: 2034–2036

Frozen waves: experimental generation

Tarcio A. Vieira, Marcos R. R. Gesualdi, and Michel Zamboni-Rached  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 11, pp. 2034-2036 (2012)

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Frozen waves (FWs) are very interesting particular cases of nondiffracting beams whose envelopes are static and whose longitudinal intensity patterns can be chosen a priori. We present here for the first time (that we know of) the experimental generation of FWs. The experimental realization of these FWs was obtained using a holographic setup for the optical reconstruction of computer generated holograms (CGH), based on a 4-f Fourier filtering system and a nematic liquid crystal spatial light modulator (LC-SLM), where FW CGHs were first computationally implemented, and later electronically implemented, on the LC-SLM for optical reconstruction. The experimental results are in agreement with the corresponding theoretical analytical solutions and hold excellent prospects for implementation in scientific and technological applications.

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OCIS Codes
(090.1760) Holography : Computer holography
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(350.7420) Other areas of optics : Waves

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Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: February 14, 2012
Revised Manuscript: March 7, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 12, 2012
Published: May 30, 2012

Tarcio A. Vieira, Marcos R. R. Gesualdi, and Michel Zamboni-Rached, "Frozen waves: experimental generation," Opt. Lett. 37, 2034-2036 (2012)

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