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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2012
  • pp: 4774–4776

Virtual source for an Airy beam

Shaohui Yan, Baoli Yao, Ming Lei, Dan Dan, Yanlong Yang, and Peng Gao  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 22, pp. 4774-4776 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.004774


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Abstract

We identify a virtual source for generating an Airy wave. A spectral integral expression is derived to describe the Airy wave, which, in the paraxial limit, yields the freely accelerating, nondiffracting, and finite energy Airy beam. From the spectral representation of the Airy wave, the first two orders of nonparaxial corrections to the paraxial Airy beam are determined. Also, a connection between the obtained Airy wave and the well-known complex source point spherical wave is given.

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OCIS Codes
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(140.3295) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam characterization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 2, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 10, 2012
Published: November 14, 2012

Citation
Shaohui Yan, Baoli Yao, Ming Lei, Dan Dan, Yanlong Yang, and Peng Gao, "Virtual source for an Airy beam," Opt. Lett. 37, 4774-4776 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-22-4774


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