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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2013
  • pp: 3363–3365

Angular self-reconstruction of petal-like beams

Igor A. Litvin, Liesl Burger, and Andrew Forbes  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 17, pp. 3363-3365 (2013)

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The self-reconstruction of superpositions of Laguerre–Gaussian (LG) beams has been observed experimentally, but the results appear anomalous and without a means to predict under what conditions this take place. In this Letter, we offer a simple equation for predicting the self-reconstruction distance of superpositions of LG beams, which we confirm by numerical propagation as well as by experiment. We explain that the self-reconstruction process is not guaranteed and predict its dependence on the obstacle location and obstacle size.

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OCIS Codes
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(140.3295) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam characterization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: June 25, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 25, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 4, 2013
Published: August 26, 2013

Igor A. Litvin, Liesl Burger, and Andrew Forbes, "Angular self-reconstruction of petal-like beams," Opt. Lett. 38, 3363-3365 (2013)

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