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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2012
  • pp: 2484–2486

Radial coherent and intelligent states of paraxial wave equation

Ebrahim Karimi and Enrico Santamato  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 13, pp. 2484-2486 (2012)

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Ladder operators for the radial index of the paraxial optical modes in the cylindrical coordinates are calculated. The operators obey the su(1,1) algebra commutation relations. Based on this Lie algebra, we found that coherent modes constructed as eigenstates of the destruction operator or resulting from the action of the displacement operator on the fundamental mode are different. Some properties of these two kinds of radial coherent modes are studied in detail.

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OCIS Codes
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics
(080.3645) Geometric optics : Lie algebraic and group methods
(260.6042) Physical optics : Singular optics

ToC Category:
Fourier Optics and Signal Processing

Original Manuscript: March 27, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 21, 2012
Published: June 19, 2012

Ebrahim Karimi and Enrico Santamato, "Radial coherent and intelligent states of paraxial wave equation," Opt. Lett. 37, 2484-2486 (2012)

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